November 30th, 2011 by Raj Ranade
The best works of writer Hunter S. Thompson adhere to a simple three-step pattern. Step 1: Thompson is assigned by an editor to report on some regional oddity (an election primary, a motorcycle race, the Kentucky Derby). Step 2: Thompson soaks his psyche in booze and pills until the topic he was meant to cover is a hazy blur backgrounding a detailed account of his own debauchery. Step 3: Said booze and pills continue twisting the lens of the coverage until it’s back on the original topic itself, which provides a funhouse mirror view of it that generates a strikingly unique set of insights.
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