Fear and loathing in what is on my audio device this week…
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson read by Phil Gigante
There appear to be three ways that people do voice work for Hunter S. Thompson works:
- In a dead-pan normal voice
- In a bad HST impression
- Interspersed with strange inexplicable music
Luckily, this collection rises above most of those, and instead has a voice actor who does a touch of the HST speech pattern and accent without it being distracting.
This book covers pretty much all of HST’s career, it starts just after Hell’s Angels and through to his death. It has the excerpts from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that were published in Rolling Stone, the articles about Oscar Zeta Acosta, his actual “Somonian lawyer”, and even his dislike and distrust of Bill Clinton.
Maybe as interesting as the original articles, the context for each one including letters and faxes and memories from the editor of each is a fascinating look into what it took to get these articles out.
It is both sad and heartening at the same time when looked in the light of the dumpster fire of politics today, we have been here before, and at the same time for God’s sake we have been here before.