Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. ThompsonI recently went to Las Vegas for the first, and probably only, time in my life. I hadnt read this book in years, and previously, it hadnt even been my favorite Hunter S. Thompson work. Thompson is dearly missed by many people, and on a personal level, I miss him deeply. He spoke to a true astonishment at the complete, unrelenting fuckedupedness of America and her politics, and he did it with a bite that was deserved and unmatched. He probably could have been a very rich super-novelist of popular, uninspired filth. He probably could have been a brilliant novelist of any kind. But he chose to do what he did, and he did it better than any of his generation. Like Mark Twain, he chronicled American stupidity in the tongue of his generation, and he captured it perfectly, from the insanity of the drug experience to the depravity of American politics. For years, no work of his stood out to me as much as Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72 or the Gonzo letters. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to me, wasnt his best work. Then I went to Vegas. Suddenly, all the subtle differences between this and his other work made sense, and I realized that he had captured the true tackiness of the truest tacky city on the entire planet (though Dubai with their fucking Island fantasies are likely to take over soon). Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas IS Las Vegas. Its a nightmare, a joke, a blunder of comical, cosmically-fucked proportions. Its not Sin City. Its where Sin goes to die when its embarrassed for itself. Its where families go on vacations with ten-year-olds, children who get handed fliers for prostitutes. Its the living, pulsing, filthing embodiment of the Holy Dollar. Its sensory overload on a scale drugs cant equal, a place where you almost have to take a brimful of Valium and a pint of ether to feel normal and not feel utterly ashamed at the state of the human condition. It would make you want to blow your brains out if it werent so goddamned fun, even if youre gay, you hate gambling and hookers make your brain itch. Yet you never, ever feel like it is evil or subversive or curious in any way. Its just about a buck, and every other blink reminds you of it. This is a place where Hunter S. Thompson could easily mingle with a law enforcement convention and not get noticed. This is a place where a lawyer could leave you with a hotel bill. This is a place where no questions get asked because no answers would make sense, and the only thing profound about any of it is that you know, on a gut level, that all the oil used to produce all the plastic used to build that city no doubt funded an island shaped like Australia that was built off the coast of the UAE over the weekend. This novel will never cease to be important, and one day, as a cultural artifact of a forgotten culture from a forgotten nation, it will be one of the most important anthropological pieces in existence.
I wish hed survived the Bush administration. We need this man.
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Thompson , illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The story follows its protagonist, Raoul Duke , and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo , as they descend on Las Vegas to chase the American Dream through a drug-induced haze, all the while ruminating on the failure of the s countercultural movement. The work is Thompson's most famous book, and is noted for its lurid descriptions of illegal drug use and its early retrospective on the culture of the s. Its popularization of Thompson's highly subjective blend of fact and fiction has become known as gonzo journalism. The novel first appeared as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine in , and was published as a book in
Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is a funny book by a gifted writer, who seems gifted and funny no longer. He coined the term "gonzo journalism" to describe his guerrilla approach to reporting, which consisted of getting stoned out of his mind, hurling himself at a story, and recording it in frenzied hyperbole. Thompson's early book on the Hells Angels described motorcyclists who liked to ride as close to the line as they could without losing control. At some point after writing that book, and books on Vegas and the presidential campaign, Thompson apparently crossed his own personal line. His work became increasingly incoherent and meandering, and reports from his refuge in Woody Creek, Colorado depicted a man lost in the gloom of his pleasures.
Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures. These men on screen were masterfully manipulated by the drug-inspired cinematography. The production of the film has a rather long history, but I will try to keep it brief.
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He became lifelong friends with Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , despite being a financial failure and earning mixed reviews from critics, found a persistent cult following on home video and claimed a footnote in American film history. Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, the film starred Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro on an outrageous psychedelic road trip that satirized the American dream.
Gonzo fans can now recreate the psychedelic road trip from Hunter S. Mescaline, high-powered blotter acid, and cocaine saltshaker not included. The total trip can take 6. Here is the map. Thompson took this route before Fear and Loathing was written, as the book was inspired by the travel involved during two magazine assignments from Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated.