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Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson (Literary Conversations Series) Paperback – June 1, 2008
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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 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
From the Publisher
- Features pieces from Playboy, Spin, Hustler, American Journalism Review, and talks with such notables as Douglas Brinkley and Curtis Wilkie
- Includes interviews ranging from 1974 to 2003, spanning most of his career
- Expands the Literary Conversations Series --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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There is a little repetition within this book, from interview to interview, and of course you are getting more exposed to the cascading styles of each visitor as a trip to Dr. Thompson's home or designated meeting place is drawn and detailed. That adds a variegation to this book, a look from many eyes on this one subject. And I like the way they make Thompson seem all right. Mortal, candid, especially vain--is there one writer who was not required by Thompson to read the man's work aloud, while the old man laughed and begged them repeat the best parts, or slow down so he could enjoy it longer?
Go ahead and read this one. Ultimately you will see it is necessary.
While I LOVE his journalism I always wanted to find out what Hunter S. Thompson was as the man...
He always talked about always having a burden on his shoulders, as everyone thought he was the stereotype of an outlaw that lives by his standards and not society's. This resulted in that whenever he made a public speech or met fans in the streets, they expected the 'crazy' Hunter when in reality he wasn't. He wasn't putting on a front, but he exaggerated it because he knew it would give him an advantage, one that could (and did) significantly help his career, especially considering all the competition in the journalist field at the time.
I always wondered how that effects him, how it effects his writing, and most importantly, WHO IS HUNTER S. THOMPSON the man???
If you are curious about anything I just listed, this book is for you.
It will show you who Hunter was underneath the skin and away from the cameras.... just and ordinary person with problems like all of us....
This book has value beyond it's collectable worth (thought it certainly belongs in everyone's collection). It is a reference, a reflection and a revelation.