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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006115928X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061159282
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

According to the couple of old Woody Creek buddies of Hunter S. Thompson's (aka Doc) who compiled this ramshackle selection of anecdotes about the gonzo practitioner, the kitchen at Doc's was the favored place for conversation since the living room had devolved into a squalid, fetid, pigsty. Thompson's legend as a fire-breathing, vituperative hellion had spread far and wide—due in no small part to his own self-promotion of it—but many old-time residents of the Colorado mountain town where he holed up for several decades were fiercely protective of their resident hell-raiser. That attitude is clearly represented by this book's pair of authors, an artist and a sheriff, who relate numerous tales of paranoid and wanton destruction (often involving cocaine, firearms and too many glasses of Chivas) with the same indulgence one reserves for a dangerously eccentric relative. The book keeps the stargazing to a minimum and mostly presents Thompson the man—one who was fortunate he could write because he comes off here as pretty useless at day-to-day life. The authors recount everything from Thompson's invention of shotgun golf to the reason he needed all those peacocks around. While Cleverly and Braudis try to puncture the media myth of Thompson the Indestructible (on his aborted attempt at covering Vietnam, they sardonically note that he seemed to only like danger when he was the most dangerous person in the room), it's a gentle ribbing; we should all have friends as generous and forgiving as Thompson clearly did. (Feb.)
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Review

“Down to its last detail...a work that surely would have inspired Thompson to fire off a letter of approval—rather than a few rounds from a firearm.” (Camden Courier-Post)

“Parlor gossip with a Gonzo twist. It’s an essential installment in the Hunter figure legend that continues to grow. (Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and editor of the Hunter S. Thompson letters collections THE PROUD HIGHWAY and FEAR AND LOATHING IN AMERICA.)

“This is the real Hunter S. Thompson. No friends knew him better than Cleverly and Braudis.” (Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of EINSTEIN: His Life and Universe)

“A pleasant addition to Thompsoniana.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A tale of the smart, amusing and passionate soul behind the Gonzo mask....a must read.” (Loren Jenkins, Pulitzer Prize winning journlist and Senior Foreign Editor for National Public Radio)

“This book is hilarious and heart-breaking and hard to put down.” (William McKeen, author of OUTLAW JOURNALIST and HIGHWAY 61)

Customer Reviews

This book is a great counterpart to the book "Gonzo" that Jann Wenner put out.
Steven D. Foutch Jr.
In short, this work provides a funny, reflective, and touchingly personal insight into a very complex and important life.
Mark D. Barker
The one thing any reader of this book is sure to get,is that one could never imagine what Doc would come up with next.
J. Guild

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin W. Meeker on April 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
A good read, though relatively short and unambitious. I found the stories entertaining through I had heard most of them before. A much shorter, more concise edition of Hunter S. Thompson stories than some others that I have read (namely Ralph Steadman's HST Biography, "The Joke's Over", possibly the most dry and mundane book I've ever read. Ralph should stick to his day job, which he is quite proficient at...) Anyway, a good book, but not outstanding. I would recommend buying this only if you are a die-hard HST fan who needs everything ever written by him or about him to feel complete...like me.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kristy Caley on February 25, 2008
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I am a big fan of Hunter Thompson, but this is not Hunter Thompson. The writers try to give a glimpse of Thompson in his private environment, problem is Hunter did this better than anyone else. The authors may have had good intentions, but it feels like they are just trying to cash in on Hunter THompsons fame. Let Hunter rest in peace...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Barker on February 26, 2008
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The Kitchen Readings is a wonderful collection of stories well told by the two men who knew Hunter best. Before setting out, I'm sure both Sheriff Braudis and Mr. Cleverly considered the inevitable criticisms to follow - but they chose to honor their friend anyway. In my view, that speaks volumes. In short, this work provides a funny, reflective, and touchingly personal insight into a very complex and important life. Thoroughly enjoyable and very informative - thanks for the effort, gentlemen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJ on August 8, 2008
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The men who wrote this knew Thompson personally, so there's plenty of inner details about life on Owl Farm and the ways of the good doctor. Some of the stories I loved as they caught the man's feral energy, others carry a weight of sadness with them as they show a great talent winding down and ready to leave this earth.

Would I recommend it? Oh yes, in fact I read it in a couple of sittings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James C. Wilson on July 28, 2008
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This book will be enjoyed for those that knew his work and his personality. It's more a collection of old friend's stories and diaries than a book. For those that don't good luck but it does come across as funny and crazy overall.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Johnson on March 18, 2008
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Just a fun bunch of stories of the man and his peacocks. These stories show a true gentleman and insanely paranoidal fiend. His friends love him and he loved them back in so many ways. Entertaining and very funny I'm sure you'll find some gems in here to share with other HST aficionados.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Emrich on May 9, 2008
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The book tries to show the man behind the myth and by doing so exposes a talented man who comes off none too sympathetic. I suppose there are many that will read this and feel that it intensifies the greatness of their iconic hero. But for me, Hunter Thompson fell a few notches. He often comes off as crude and insensitive. I think the most amazing fact in the book is that he was still partying pretty hardy right until his suicide. I am 53 and I know that if I were to spend even one night of my life the way I spent every weekend during most of the 80's, my heart would explode. The book is filled with some interesting anecdotes. It is not particularly well written, but it is not badly written either. Hunter wrote one incredible book in his life and for that he basically got a get out of jail free card to self destruct and become his fictional self. Most of us in his generation have either quit, died, or went to prison. Sad to say, Hunter died. No one would have dared suggest rehab to him. That, for me at least, is the tragedy behind this book. Sorry to spoil the fun.
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The one thing any reader of this book is sure to get,is that one could never imagine what Doc would come up with next.I like to quote something from a book for a title when I write a review;and I expected I'd quote something that Thompson had said and was in the book.As unexpected as things were with Thompson;I used a quote found on page 109 by none other than Robert Frost,the famous poet, that seemed to best sum up what Hunter S Thompson was all about.
The book is really just a collection of stories and situations that took place in and around The Owl's Nest,that HST called home for three decades.These stories are remembrances of the authors experiences from being longtime friends an neighbours of Thompson.
There are a lot of photos in the book;but it is a shame they were not larger;particularly since there is a lot of "white space" in the book.Any fan of HST will obviously have heard some of these stories,but many will be new.
The one thing about HST that I would be interested in is what it was like for his son Juan growing up with a father like HST.It seems the authors decided to avoid anything about Hunter's family.
The most interesting part of the book was what came after HST shot himself in March 2005 and the arrangements that were made to "REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND LEGACY".I had thought that his ashes had been shot from a canon;but the real story is clearly detailed in the book
A book that will surely be of interest to any Hunter S. Thompson fan,and put his life in perspective---if anything such as that would be possible.
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Cleverly bio


Artist/Writer Michael Cleverly lives in a log cabin in Woody Creek, six miles from Aspen Colorado. He arrived in the Aspen area in the early 1970's and never managed to escape.
For ten years, he wrote a column for The Aspen Times, he co-authored "The Kitchen Readings: Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompson," is a regular contributor to Aspen Sojourner Magazine and is the Aspen Bureau Chief for The Vile Plutocrat www.thevileplutocrat.com . He is at work on a novel "Shepard of the Stars," a love story about genetic memory.
As an artist, in the 70's and 80's his focus was on commissioned portraits and paintings of friends. He is currently doing portraits of his stacks of cordwood, decaying trailer parks, and renderings from antique family photographs, Cleverly has shown and been collected across the United States.

Michael Cleverly
PO Box 188
Woody Creek, Co. 81656

Tel 970 922 0848

cleverly@sopris.net



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