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Compare Your Daily Drug Use to That of Hunter Thompson's. I Dare You

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
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    Asked to list what they require before commencing a day’s work, most would probably list things like coffee, toast and perhaps a cigarette or two, but not Hunter S. Thompson, who needed a kaleidoscopic bevy of cocaine, Chartreuse and hot tubs in order to get his creative juices flowing.

    His daily routine was charted by E. Jean Carroll in the first chapter of her 1994 book HUNTER: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson, and remains an object of fascination, awe and horror to this day.

    Thompson, who committed suicide at 67, was of course known for his heavy drinking and drug habit and they were both ingrained in his writing. He once said of them: “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

    An interesting footnote to the passage above, spotted by MentalFloss:

    When viewed on a Kindle, Carroll’s book ends after the first chapter, saying: “The author is too lazy to go on converting HUNTER into an e-book. To read the rest of the book FREE—yes, free—go to www.HunterBio.com [where you can indeed view it in full].”

    By Christopher Hooton - The Independent/Jan. 6, 2016
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. prescriptionperil
    H.S. Thompson's literary skills diminished relatively early in his life. Although, I always appreciate our B's
    coverage of the media and drugs, Thompson's literary skills declined rapidly, until he became a talk show caricature of a firearms obsessed prodigious drug abuser. Thus, scrolling down happened naturally given the headline.

    I'd venture alcohol was a huge centrist drug in Thompson's repatorie. lol
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    So right, Peril.

    Alcohol seems to always be the biggest culprit, pushing those who over indulge into believing themselves to be beyond the realm of reality. Poor Hunter.
  3. DeepGreenSea
    Fear and Loathing on The Campaign Trail taught me more about American Politics than $60,000 worth of baccalaureate education could or did. I know Hunter burned his poor genius brain out of his head well before his body gave up but goddamn that book is a masterpiece. It was a tightly woven analysis of the American Political System, a snap shot of early 70's America, and a heartbreaking account of how a member of The Losers Club- a True Liberal-Amnesty,Acid,Abortion-almost grabbed power from the Entrenched Swine.
    I re-read it at least once a year-a talisman against all of the evidence that politics has to be a game of abject avarice and stark raving greed.

    ****McGovern For President******
  4. tatittle
    Never forget when I lived in the county he was Sheriff!!!! Only in America....and perhaps only in pre-21st century America. Oh wait he lost didnt he...but it was close. Never met the guy though unfortunately....probably would have been disappointing as it seemed from afar that his cynicism (always there) was balanced less and less with humor or adventure over time. Another case of someone hitting big overnight while quite young, and perhaps due to becoming spoiled, never trying to change or evolve his style. It was truly HIS style though, no doubt about that.
  5. Bango Skank
    BT2H comes through again!
    Thanks so much for this!

    I can't find a link to download the PDF, and I did download the RTF file, but I can't open it on my phone. It is available to read though, if you follow this link.


    Apparently it has " one of the most astonishing sex scenes of the modern era". Lol sounds like a good nasty read :)
  6. chronicroaster
    Fuckin want some blow very badly now, reading about him doing it many times. Shouldn't read the DF with an alcohol buzz on, turns into cravings. Fuck
  7. rawbeer
    This list of drugs is from the era when Thompson had ceased to be a creative, talented writer. Although alcohol certainly was to blame his ex-wife Sandy seemed to think cocaine was the problem. He began using it in 1973, which is pretty much exactly when his writing started to go downhill (with the exception of his excellent Banshee Screams for Buffalo Meat from 1977).

    Thompson said in the early 70's that he didn't write on acid, that no one could write on acid and produce worthwhile prose. Apparently he forgot that a few years later...

    It's a sad story because he fell from such great heights so such horrendous lows.. Becoming famous for 'Gonzo' and his drug use was the worst thing that ever happened to HST. I honestly think Hell's Angels was his best writing and Fear and Loathing, while brilliant, was basically the beginning of the end. Perscriptionperil's post is right on the money, he became a self-charicature. Watch the excellent Omnibus documentary 'Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood' and you can actually watch him discuss this happening. He was aware of if, but drugs and temptation got the better of him. He sold himself out.

    Whenever HST comes up I feel the need to comment because I so idolized this guy in my early 20's until I realized what actually happened to him. It's sad that so many young impressionable dope fiends see him as proof that you can be a success in life while heavily abusing drugs. He's proof of the opposite.

    I'd like to see what he wrote on the night this drug binge led into, I bet it was terrible. And never published.
  8. tatittle
    The thing is...that is what he wanted to do. Staying on the top of your carft is very hard work and still dependent on luck. So by the definition of dignity being "did it his way"...thats what he did pretty much.
  9. detoxin momma
    no thank you, no comparison there.
    ive read requiem for a dream a few times, even wrote a blog on it...

    hes on a whole seperate level.

    Thank god! much inspiration, but, its a mans world....

    edit, my mistake....this book is by Hubert Selby JR...

    fear and loathing disturbed me so much i never even read the book.
    ya, i responding before i had any coffee in me, never good way to start the day...
  10. rawbeer
    Tatittle, it really isn't what he wanted. He wanted above all else to be a great writer. In that documentary I mentioned he laments that people want him to be his fictional counterpart Raoul Duke the psychotic drug fiend, not Hunter Thompson the writer. From his teenage years into his early 30's he wrote constantly. After 1973 his output slowed to a trickle. I don't think for a second he wanted to be an unproductive, low-quality writer.

    The fact of the matter is he's now more famous for his drug use and a movie based on one of his books than his actual output. And the fact that his persona eclipsed his writing was exactly what disgusted him. I think if you look deeper into his story you'll see this myth of "living life on his own terms" is just that, a myth. He sacrificed his dream, and his immense talent, for addiction.

    He may have come to believe it's what he wanted, as many addicts do. But that doesn't make it so.
  11. DeepGreenSea
    Well of course Hunter destroyed himself and yet paradoxically, of course his fame helped him along. And it's not a surprise the man took the carrot of Hollywood money when it beckoned-if you read his collection of letters (massive volumes), you see that he was tired of being poor, tired of being called a genius but unable to properly house his family, tired of trying to write while he raced to outwit creditors and people he owed money to. He wanted to make money writing fiction-but no one wanted to buy his fiction so he wrote what they wanted to read.

    There was also the specter of his father-dead of a wasting disease before his time. I think that he feared that kind of a slow, excruciating ending. And I think he felt that if such an end was in his cards, he was determined to live as fully and as exuberantly as possible. He would beat the disease by living two or three lives before it could swallow the one life he'd been allowed.

    Even a child could see the paradox of these two positions battling it out in one man-and thus I think the excess was a coping mechanism for fear, masquerading as a kind of Noble Experiment in Hedonism. Another Paradox...within a paradoxical man!

    But there was also a larger Boomer story going on in Hunter-he was One of The True Believers. He lived in a commune community with Joan Baez for Gods Sake! He was in Chicago for the Convention of 68! He truly thought the Movements, The Kennedy's, Woodstock, Monterey Pop; he thought all of these powers would crest and truly Overcome the Evil. He was an Innocent, for all of his analytic prowess, for all of his cynicism. Scratch a cynic and find the blood of a heartbroken Romantic. When the 70's dawned with all the excess and none of the naïveté and goodwill of the last decade, it was no longer possible for anyone to pretend...The Party was Over. For Hunter, and other True Believers like him, that's when the Real Party started. The Kind of Desperate Partying you do when you understand that a Horrifying Truth is on the Other End and all you can do to stop it from blooming is to make sure the Party Keeps Rolling.

    He was a Gorgeous Mess of contradictions and longing, of duty and dereliction...he was so American that it defied reason. He was an Innocent who had the bad luck to also be a Genius and it killed him.

    Sigh. Can't help but Rant. There was something too tender in Hunter for this world.
  12. tatittle
    I dont doubt he deeply wanted to be a better writer, as opposed to primarily being famous...at least at some point in his lifetime. My point was that he was too lazy to dedicate himself to the work and discipline necy to achieve that end. He chose a means of living which he was fully aware would not lead to exploiting his writing talent. IMO he decided he would rather be lazy, narcissistic, and conceited while shamelessly milking his fame, than becoming humble, dedicated, and develop the fortitude nec'y to improve as a writer.
  13. rawbeer
    ^^^ I see your point, and DeepGreenSea's as well. My perspective is partly selfish because I enjoy his early writing so much and I think he could have offered the world more than he did. His choice was also supremely selfish and a total rejection of his earlier ideals, and he destroyed the legacy he had started to build.

    Ultimately I think we can all agree that it's a tragic story of a guy who just couldn't stand the bullshit he lived in. He got tired of fighting it but in the end wound up letting it get the best of him in some ways. But I doubt many of us would have had the willpower to do the opposite. Sex, money, all the drugs on earth...it's hard to be so idealistic that you can turn that down.

    At his best, talent wise, he just relied on bourbon and amphetamine as writing aids, with LSD for inspiration. This list is a catalogue of what the man did to avoid facing the typewriter. How much can you write when you have to stop and do coke every 15 minutes?
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