20 Great Articles
20 amazing articles and essays by the late great Dr. Gonzo
by Hunter S. Thompson
"I got off the plane around midnight and no one spoke as I crossed the dark runway to the
terminal. The air was thick and hot, like wandering into a steam bath..."
"We were about 40 minutes out of San Francisco when the crew finally decided to take
action on the problem in lavatory 1B..."
"Going to Hollywood is a dangerous high-pressure gig for most people, under any
circumstances. It is like pumping hot steam into thousands of different-size boilers..."
"On the Weird Mechanics of Running a Takeover Bid on a Small Town. . . and a Vulgar Argument for Seizing Political Power and Using
It like a Gun Ripped Away from a Cop. . . with Jangled Comments on the Uncertain Role of the Head and the Awful Stupor Factor"
"Richard Nixon is gone now, and I am poorer for it. He was the real thing - a political
monster straight out of Grendel..."
"Ever since World War II, California has been strangely plagued by wild men on
motorcycles. They usually travel in groups of ten to thirty, booming along the highways
and stopping here are there to get drunk and raise hell..."
"Aztlan - the “conquered territories” that came under the yoke of Gringo occupation troops
more than 100 years ago, when “vendito politicians in Mexico City sold out to the US” in
order to call off the invasion that Gringo history books refer to as the Mexican American
"Weapons are my business. You name it and I know it: guns, bombs, gas, fire, knives and
everything else. Damn few people in the world know more about weaponry than I do..."
"The case of Lisl Auman, who first wrote me from prison three years ago, is so rotten and
wrong and shameful that I feel dirty just for knowing about it, and so should you..."
"The best year to be a hippie was 1965, but then there was not much to write about,
because not much was happening in public and most of what was happening in private was
illegal..." (Scroll to the bottom for the HST text).
"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take
hold..." (Scroll down for links to each chapter.)
"There are some things nobody needs in this world, and a bright-red, hunch-back, warp-
speed 900cc cafe racer is one of them..."
The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time. Make no mistake about it: We are At
War now -- with somebody -- and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.
Nine hard to find pieces from early in Thompson's career, all scanned in their original
layouts. (Click the images to enlarge.)
Spanning HST's journalism from National Observer, Rolling Stone and Scanlan's, The Great
White Shark Hunt is a stack of golden-age Gonzo.
Journalistic escapades, brushes with the law and political power, as well as his trademark
mayhem, HST tells the story of a life on the edge.
Essential essays from the master of the form
Classic reads from a journalistic pioneer