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...
  • ''The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie. He's totally hooked ... and like any other junkie, he's a bummer to have around: especially as President.''
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," The Great Shark Hunt (1979).
  • That was always the difference between Muhammad Ali and the rest of us. He came, he saw, and if he didn't entirely conquer—he came as close as anybody we are likely to see in the lifetime of this...
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. repr. in The Great Shark Hunt, pt. 4 (1979). "Last Tango in Vegas: Fear and Loathing in the Far Room," ...
  • ''Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.''
    Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. letter to The Champion, repr. In Songs of the Doomed (1991). The Champion (July 1990). The Champion...
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