Fear and Loathing in Pennsylvania

Hey all,

I'm sorry this website isn't updated as much as it used to be... I've spent the majority of my writing time focusing on my two other gigs, JustPressPlay.Net and IFC's Make Media Matter. Still, this website and the small following it (at least used to) have, mean a lot to me, and I still wish to update in the most irregular way deamed possible.


I've just finished Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by the infamous Hunter S. Thompson, and I must say that I'm not quite sure I'm impressed as I thought I was going to be. The book is for sure a ride, and reading it I see how important it was at the time - in 'the year of Our Lord, 1971', just after the 60's ended - and that's where most of the themes lie.

Thompson's most insightful remarks in the book regard the fact that the optimism of the 60s is dead, and while searching for the American Dream in early 70s Vegas, he found that maybe the American Dream is too.

But I'm not sure, and this is because I'm not totally sure of the narrative. I like what it does, and what it was trying to do (Thompson called it a 'failed experiment in Gonzo Journalism'), and even what it says - but it was a bit exhausting to read; as 204 pages of two guys on a mad drug trip tends to be.

Even after finishing it, I'm not sure if I even like the characters. Only because I have read a good portion of Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 before this (I had to return the book, but don't worry, I'll someday buy it and finish it), I like HST. But as for his companion, I do not share the same feelings. He's pretty much just an asshole.

Still, I like Fear and Loathing, and what is says, but I think I like the story and stigma that surrounds it much more.


But anyway, back to reality. I'm on my goal towards reading/finishing 10 books this summer (last summer I did 9 and 3/4), and I'm four down so far - Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller (finished that last quarter from last summer), Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, Screw-Jack by Hunter S. Thompson (I think I like this more than Fear and Loathing), and of course, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by him as well. I still plan to read the 'and Other American Stories' part of the book (It's the modern library hardcover, so they through alot of extra stuff in, like the original jacket copy, "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan" and "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved"). I've got a few ideas for whats next on the list, but here's what I'm contempating (the latter of the two which I have already started):

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
No Logo by Naomi Klen
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

and I hope to buy/read

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
V. by Thomas Pynchon
Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn
Seymour: An Introduction and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters by J.D. Salinger

and maybe City of Theives by David Benioff.

I don't know, but that's what I'm thinking.


ANYWAY, thank you all of you for still reading, if you have made it to this point, and I hope to be in touch.

In the meantime, keep updated on JustPressPlay.Net and IFC.com/MakeMediaMatter and have a great summer.

With Love,

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