Gonzo Papers Anthology, Hunter S. Thompson

I got hooked on Thompson’s stuff in Rolling Stone magazine while I was in the military. One particular one I enjoyed was his coverage of Kentucky Derby, where he teamed up with Ralph Steadman to capture the derby graphically.

Very large compilation of Thompson’s works, covering Nixon, Vietnam, etc… Have to read at home because the book is too large to take on board as handcarry (almost too big, but I wouldn’t have room for anything else).

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is where I got hooked on Thompson. (Richard Nixon: “a man who could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time.”)

And the size of the book. Right. Every once in a while, I have to acknowledge the possible value of an e-reader; such a once usually involves a very large book and an airline ticket. Last time it happened was a trip to Ireland while I was engrossed in A New LIterary History of America. Even if I could have wrangled it aboard, I think Aer Lingus would have charged me for an extra seat.

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