Remembering Hunter S. Thompson
Feb20

Remembering Hunter S. Thompson

It’s 20th February, and that means it’s the anniversary of the death of Hunter S. Thompson. It has been six years now since he shot himself at Owl Farm, and every year legions of Gonzo fans remember his life and work by raising a glass on this sad day. The Quietus is marking the anniversary of his death by publishing an interview with him that you’ve never seen before. The Independent has a story about Bruce...

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Merry Christmas, Doctor Thompson

Christmas is coming and if you’re looking for the perfect literary gift for a loved one, try the special Hunter S. Thompson box set – containing all four of Wayne Ewing’s fantastic HST movies. To whet your appetite take a look at Wayne’s most recent blog post on the subject of Hunter and Christmas… Including a familiar video of an act of xmas arson. * And here’s a little gift from Beatdom: a couple of HST Christmas quotes that we dug...

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The Beat Generation, Gonzo Journalism, and Crap Writing

Over at Charles Montgomery’s Korean Literature in Translation website, there is a small discussion on “weird” or “strange” writing. He was discussing a Korean novel that – whilst not entirely awful – seemed only to be strange for the sake of strangeness. I commented that this is something I see a lot as an editor, particularly as an editor of a Beat Generation-themed literary journal....

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HST & the Music of the Sixties
Aug24

HST & the Music of the Sixties

by David S. Wills Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people will call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. Music is a theme that crops up throughout the entirety of Hunter S. Thompson’s bibliography. It was an incredibly important aspect of his life, and he always took the time to listen to what he wanted. Those who know about Thompson know that Bob Dylan was one of his...

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Come Join Uncle Sam’s Band
Aug23

Come Join Uncle Sam’s Band

by James D. Irwin It’s about ten past four on a Sunday afternoon. I feel like I’ve been beaten up; there is pain… bruises… cuts… none of them I can explain with any certainty. I think I have whiplash. I feel dead and decaying on the inside and all I’ve eaten is an apples, washed down with a few cups of coffee— the diet Christian Bale undertook for his role in The Machinist. I could be doing this in better, more appropriate...

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Hunter S. Thompson & The Lizards

I’ll admit that I’m hardly the first person to notice this, but I don’t generally keep up with the latest movie news unless it’s a project particularly close to my heart. But I couldn’t help raise an eyebrow at the trailer for Johnny Depp’s latest effort: as the voice of a lizard in Rango (2011). Watch the following video and pay particular attention around 1:47 mins....

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Flying Dog Beer

From Beatdom #7 Writers and alcohol have gone hand in hand since the advent of the written word. Absinthe fueled many a poet, Bukowski made a career out of being a barfly, and Kerouac showed us the ugly side of a love affair with booze. There is a brewery in Maryland named Flying Dog that has taken this relationship to new levels. It’s not hard to see just by looking at their produce. Wild Gonzo art and a quote from its master adorn...

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Movie News: Hunter S. Thompson & Jack Kerouac Hit the Big Screen in 2010

The Rum Diary is one movie that literature fans have been awaiting for some time. Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as Hunter S. Thompson (well, actually Paul Kemp) and is joined by Amber Heard in the role of Chenault. The movie seems to have been in the works forever, but all is developing nicely and we should see it on screen this year. News is notoriously sparse and unreliable, but for all the best updates, please check...

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