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on 1 March 2005
I was in the biography department of a bookshop thinking that I didn't really need to read another life of Jane Austen when a display of Hunter S. Thompson's paperbacks caught my eye. It's a tenuous link but a friend of mine was an extra in the film adaptation of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", so I picked up a copy of KoF and was blown away.
Right at the beginning where Thompson describes a childhood meeting with the CIA and again at the end when he's involved in a car crash, the author writes what I can only describes as perfect prose,
"All these things have happened and probably they will happen again. I have learned a few tricks along the way, a few random skills and simple avoidance techniques - but mainly it has been luck, I think, and a keen attention to karma, along with my natural girlish charm."
I have no interest in drugs, fast cars or pimps yet, as with all great writers, it hardly matters what they take as subject matter since they have you in the palm of their hand. Thompson not only tells you about his mad life, he takes you there. This is a classic of non-fiction writing, gonzo journalism at its peak.