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Better Than Sex by Hunter S. Thompson
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Jul 11, 2008

it was amazing

Gosh, do I miss HST. He would have loved this politidal season.

This book, written in 1994, details (sort of) the 1992 presidential campaign, but really it serves as a larger meditation on campaign junkiedom and the looming political black hole on the horizon for the new millennium. He was so ahead of his time about so many things, but especially the ruthlessness and singular desire to win shared by Bill and Hill. If I would have read this when it came out, I probably would have dismissed a lot of it as paranoid drug ranting. But 14 years and a recently ugly presidential bid later, it seems right on time. The fact that he committed suicide -- in part because of the hopelessness he felt about the current state of the world -- bodes poorly for us all. I have a new appreciation for just how deadly accurate his instincts really were. RIP HST.

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