Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson

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In 1971, the outlandish originator of gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) commandeered the international literary limelight with his best-selling, comic masterpiece Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Following his 1966 debut Hell's Angels, Thompson displayed an uncanny flair for inserting himself into the epicenter of major sociopolitical events of our generation. His audacious, satirical, ranting screeds on American culture have been widely read and admired. Whether in books, essays, or collections of ...

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Overview

In 1971, the outlandish originator of gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) commandeered the international literary limelight with his best-selling, comic masterpiece Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Following his 1966 debut Hell's Angels, Thompson displayed an uncanny flair for inserting himself into the epicenter of major sociopolitical events of our generation. His audacious, satirical, ranting screeds on American culture have been widely read and admired. Whether in books, essays, or collections of his correspondence, his raging and incisive voice and writing style are unmistakable.

Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson is the first compilation of selected personal interviews that traces the trajectory of his prolific and much-publicized career. These engaging exchanges reveal Thompson's determination, self-indulgence, energy, outrageous wit, ire, and passions as he discusses his life and work.

Beef Torrey is the editor of Conversations with Thomas McGuane and co-editor of the forthcoming Jim Harrison: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Kevin Simonson has been published in SPIN, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, and Hustler.

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Editorial Reviews

Jackson Free Press

"What author would you like to have over to your house? Vonnegut, Hemingway, Angelou? Thanks to the University Press of Mississippi’s Literary Conversations Series, the question is no longer moot, and you don’t even have to make dinner.

Chances are, the contributors whose articles make up these publications have already asked the same questions that you might and have provided the insights that you would relish. Fortunately, Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson (University Press of Mississippi, 2008, $22) is especially rewarding, primarily due to the flamboyant personality of Thompson himself."

Columbia Journalism Review

"You don’t want to miss Richard Keil’s white-knuckle account of sitting in the passenger seat with Thompson at the wheel, or the self-styled Doctor’s judicious diagnosis (from Ron Rosenbaum’s 1977 High Times interview) of Jimmy Carter’s mix of Puritanism and libertarianism: 'He’d put me in jail in an instant if he saw me snorting coke in front of him. He would not, however, follow me into the bathroom and try to catch me snorting it.'

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"What author would you like to have over to your house? Vonnegut, Hemingway, Angelou? Thanks to the University Press of Mississippi's Literary Conversations Series, the question is no longer moot, and you don't even have to make dinner.

Chances are, the contributors whose articles make up these publications have already asked the same questions that you might and have provided the insights that you would relish. Fortunately, Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson (University Press of Mississippi, 2008, $22) is especially rewarding, primarily due to the flamboyant personality of Thompson himself."
Jackson Free Press

"You don't want to miss Richard Keil's white-knuckle account of sitting in the passenger seat with Thompson at the wheel, or the self-styled Doctor's judicious diagnosis (from Ron Rosenbaum's 1977 High Times interview) of Jimmy Carter's mix of Puritanism and libertarianism: 'He'd put me in jail in an instant if he saw me snorting coke in front of him. He would not, however, follow me into the bathroom and try to catch me snorting it.'
Columbia Journalism Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934110775
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 992,042
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronology

Playboy Interview: Hunter Thompson Craig Vetter Vetter, Craig 3

Hunter Thompson: The Good Doctor Tells All... about Carter, Cocaine, Adrenaline, and the Birth of Gonzo Journalism Ron Rosenbaum Rosenbaum, Ron 32

Hunter Thompson: Still Crazy after All These Years? Peter O. Whitmer Whitmer, Peter O. 48

Fear and Loathing in Hunter Thompson Harold Conrad Conrad, Harold 57

The Doctor Is In Curtis Wilkie Wilkie, Curtis 68

Gonzo's Last Stand? The New Aspen Takes Aim at Hunter S.Thompson Geoffrey Stokes Stokes, Geoffrey Kevin Simonson Simonson, Kevin 80

Interview with Hunter S. Thompson William McKeen McKeen, William 92

Exclusive Interview with Hunter S. Thompson Kevin Simonson Simonson, Kevin 98

Still Gonzo after All These Years Richard Keil Keil, Richard 108

Writing on the Wall: An Interview with Hunter S. Thompson Matthew Hahn Hahn, Matthew 118

Fear and Loathing in Hollywood: A Strange and Terrible Saga of Guns, Drugs, and Hunter S. Thompson Kevin Simonson Simonson, Kevin 133

The Art of Journalism: An Interview with Hunter S. Thompson Douglas Brinkley Brinkley, Douglas 140

Still Gonzo after All These Years Jeff Kass 161

Fear and Writing Seth Mnookin Mnookin, Seth 167

Bedtime for Gonzo J. Rentilly Rentilly, J. 176

Hunter S. Thompson John Glassie Glassie, John 187

Man of Action: Hunter S.Thompson Keeps Moving Jesse Jarnow Jarnow, Jesse 195

Index 205

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Gonzo Galore!

    Seventeen interviews with the King of Gonzo! Very candid stuff.....couldn't put it down. RIP Hunter....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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