I bought this because I loved the movie Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. While reading the other stories, I discovered that I really dig Gonzo Journalism; A first-person narrative of the reporter, that reads like fiction and is a brash, telling of events, without the claims of objectivity. Filled with sarcasm, hyperboles, and hilarious reporting escapades. I need more.
As for the adventure that these stories took me on, I’ve never laughed so much in my life reading a book. So many lines slammed my funny bone. Most of which started with “As your attorney…” but my favorite line that hit the hardest with the truth was:
“Jesus, what a terrible thing to lay on someone with a head full of acid.”
Aside from the drug-induced ranting that had me laughing hysterically, the stories blare the sirens of morality. Events that needed a voice got it from Hunter S. Thompson’s journalism. Corruption, racism, inequality, and more. Most of which we’re, unfortunately still, facing decades later.
My takeaway? Things change on the surface, but humans as a whole remain the biggest pieces of shit on this planet to this day. If you look around, not much has changed, and we’re still fighting the same socioeconomic wars. As an intelligent species we’re pretty fucking stupid.