The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time
Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling “Gonzo Papers” is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to W ...more
HST was a remarkable thinker and writer, not only for pioneering a whole new form of ...more
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
This collection of HST articles from the 1960s and 70s primarily focused on politics and sports, but it also touched on damn near every topic imaginable, including—thank god!—some of his hilarious (mis)adventures with outrageous amounts of highly illegal substances. While it contained quite a few intelligent insights and arguments, the real joy of reading this lunatic—at least for me—is to take a ride on his incomparably weird and manic waveleng ...more
But old age has either mellowed me or b ...more
The last writer who had this impact on me was David Foster Wallace, due to how his extreme maximalism and constant introspection created the illusion that he was right there talking in your face. Well, while David Foster Wallace manifests himself as that philo ...more
One of the best. An absolute must for every American, let alone Thompson fan - or journalist for that matter.
The following are a list of the articles from it that I have read, along with commentary and favorite quotes.
The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved
A Southern City with Northern Problems
Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl
Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savag ...more
Unlike Generation of Swine, Kingdom of Fear, Songs of the Doomed, and Hey Rube, th ...more
UPDATE - November 2018 - I finally decided to sit down and power through the rest of this book. At times exhausting, frequently thrilling, Hunter Thompson was a brilliant artist. I really admire a writer who can come up wi ...more
The STOP SMILING Downfall of American Publishing Issue dedicates 40 pages to an oral history of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, which includes interviews with collaborators and friends such as Ralph Steadman, Craig Vetter, wife Anita Thompson, PJ O'Rourke, and more.
About the issue, Slate media critic Jack Shafer wrote, "Stop Smiling's oral history of Hunter S. Thompson bested Rolling Stone's similarly constructed special issue about the Doctor in every way.
This is vintage Thompson. He covers pop icons (Jean Claude Killy, Muhammad Ali) in a way that you wish even E! News co ...more
I read this six or eight times between the ages of 19 and 22. If you have a brain ripe for warping, crack this one some time.
My only issue with the book is my birthdate. So many of the political players he writes about are of a different generation than when I became politically aware. The writing is strong, I just wasn't engaged by the details.
I definately recommend The Great Shark Hunt, but don't be afraid to skim. No guilt. There is much to love, love it!
The drug haze does make it a bit more interesting and a hell of a lot more entertaining. I might have to visit the plane flight again one day to find if it still makes me cry with laughter as it once did.
If you're looking for more Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas don't bother with this.
Fear and Loathing in the bunker, at the super bowl, at the Watergate, in Washington. These are just some of the titles of the stories here, so good to see that they got their monies worth out of that idea. I haven’t read Thompson since the 90s so I was interested to see what it would be like reading him now. At his best he is a passionate, gritty, bold and amusing scribe, who can get under the skin, but he is far from a great writer and I’m not sure it stands up so well now.
This is very much a m ...more
It’s a collection of political essays, the bulk of them from the early to mid-1970s and focusing on Richard Nixon’s campaign for a second term (f ...more
This collection may be a bit frustrating for fans who have already read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, FAL On the Campaign Trail '72, and Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, because it includes large portions of those works.
Most important (and most interesting) is the inclusion of some of Thompson's early work from first half of the 1960s, proving that Thompson could play it relatively "straight" with results just as engrossing as his later " ...more
The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time by Hunter S. Thompson
The first volume in Hunter S. Thompson’s bestselling Gonzo Papers offers brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in his signature style.
Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling “Gonzo Papers” is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine. These essays off
Thompson is often mistaken for a drug addled, violent maniac, but he was so much more than that, as he also drank prodigiously. But, in fairness how else could a reporter capture the feel of ...more
"Fear and Loathing in the Bunker". The New York Times, 1974
On a need to know basis, the milkman and I understood that I was not among the needy. Nor was he, for that matter. We were both a lot happier just doing what we were told.
George O ...more
Let me begin by saying that Thompson is one of my favorite authors, and I have read nearly all of his books, including one of the other volumes in the Gonzo Papers collection. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a great piece of work, and is probably the most ...more
Chronologically, the earlier writings in the book deal predominantly with cultures we ...more