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Hunter Stockton Thompson

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Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. Born in Louisville, Kentucky to a middle class family, Thompson went off the rails in his teens after the death of his father left the family in poverty. He was unable to formally finish high school as he was incarcerated for 60 days after abetting a robbery. He subsequently joined the United States... more »

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  • Publishers are notoriously slothful about numbers, unless they're attached to dollar signs—unlike journalists, quarterbacks, and felony criminal defendents who tend to be keenly aware of numbers ...
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. repr. In Songs Of The Doomed (1991). "A Letter to The Champion: a publication of the National Assoc. Of...
  • If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people—including me—would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and danger...
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. repr. in The Great Shark Hunt, pt. 1 (1979). "Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl," Rolling Stone (New Y...
  • There is a progression of understanding vis-à-vis pro football that varies drastically with the factor of distance—physical, emotional, intellectual and every other way ... Which is exactly the w...
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. repr. In The Great Shark Hunt (1979). "Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl," Rolling Stone (New York, Fe...
  • History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of "history" it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation come...
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, ch. 8 (1971).
  • In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile—and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. We owe ...
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," The Great Shark Hunt (1979).
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