The previous anecdote: hunter Thompson’s early, underrated journalism career.


The previous anecdote: hunter Thompson’s early, underrated journalism career.

When the university of Kentucky news and telecommunications college announced earlier this month late Hunter s. Thompson will be included in Kentucky news hall of fame in 2014 entrants, journalists and bloggers reported the story make Thompson extraordinary colleagues won the prize. His hometown, the Louisville Courier Journal, noted that Thompson was a wayward kentuckian and would be placed with “six traditional journalists”. The Mediabistro FishbowlNY blog snickered: “more traditional… Not so drunk… State what you want. “We went through it,” a local radio station chimed in. “it’s not an April fool’s joke.

No one argues that Mr Thompson, who killed himself in 2005, left an unconventional legacy. In his later period, the author of the hell’s angels and fear and loathing in Las Vegas because he to recreational drugs, hyperbole, wild Turkey, fictional dialogue, explosives and ominous capitalization – what he called “anecdote news”, all of the key part of him as a prodigal of literature and the reputation of a mild fabulist, but as Thompson and his fame to the classmates are introduced in this week, it is worth mentioning that when he was a “news”, “new reporter” or “illegal journalists” before the hunter Thompson is a reporter, who spent the better part of a freelance spend a lot of salary from salary to high salary.

The story of Thompson’s former anecdote is trivial. In 1967, “hell’s angels” in the age of 29 have created their own news reputation in that year, he wrote some magazine collection mid-market daily, men’s magazine, some public interest in, and a group called “the state observer” to the next until now. Like many young journalists, Thompson kept the move. From 1960 to 1967, he sent out the Rocky Mountains from California, southern Appalachia, the Caribbean, South America and the north. His results include everything from simple reporting and service travel to book reviews and casual prose. Although Mr Thompson’s earlier articles in a research field of the middle of the 20th century, but his early article is a research field in the middle of the 20th century: he is the front of the cold war, the date of the counterculture of vague social boundary and the boundary of the decline of the American west.

His early stories contained dark, elegant prose that later characterized his style. However, they do not have a picture of drunk driving or burning, but in gauss carlin.

His (indispensable) collection of “big shark hunting: strange time and strange stories” in 1979 can be found in the works of some young Thompson. In my forthcoming book, “freedom at the foot of the United States: after hunter Thompson’s trail in South America,” I searched for microfilm archives to mine dozens of other articles. I am most interested in is 1962 and 1963, Mr Thompson’s forgotten South American countries of the communication, on the way of “the state observer” through the year, reported that Mr Castro the spectre of communism and the consequences of American foreign policy. But I also read some “New York herald BBS newspaper about Puerto Rico infrastructure works of pedestrians, a few quick book reviews, and a series of the American west” new “introduction to the American futures community.

My takeaway: let Mr Thompson’s reputation or even completely most reports from crazy participation, this is his rolling stone for many years, he later political commentary in the cartoon, or old age is likely to make his writing overshadowed the counterculture flashy. Thompson’s early news coverage, like the other successful reporters at the Kentucky news hall of fame, was as good as “tradition”. His early stories include harsh humor, first-person perspective, and dark and elegant prose, which illustrate his “anecdote” style of writing. But they were completely free of drunkenness and irony, and at the highest level they had nothing to boast about. Instead, Thompson is close to a potentially dry subject, such as student politics or Brazilian inflation, with a low, rather than a little, voice.

Consider the beginning of the 1962 observer in Bolivia’s mining collapse:

In the drought, near the poverty of Bolivia’s national tin mine, 12,000 feet of air make breathing difficult, and there is a huge, dark, fully visible cemetery.

The cemetery is a symbol of the miners’ status, with the miners responsible for 88% of Bolivia’s exports and a life expectancy of 29 years. It could be a national symbol. The situation is rapidly causing problems in Bolivia either to explode or to respond to one of the most expensive treatments in the history of foreign aid.

Elsewhere, Thompson indulged his fondness for long term narratives, as in the 1964 Butte, Montana.

In the middle of the night in this dreary little city, you can walk for hours on the broken streets above the downtown area, only to hear the rumble of the crusher and the conveyor belt. You also hear the hiss from the underground vents, the occasional cries of men from the cemeteries, and the diversion of the unkempt mines.

Once bart was one of the craziest and wealthiest towns in the west. But now this place has an atmosphere of age and fatigue, a kind of feeling, you walk through the land of wear by too many mining, the air you breathe is obsolete due to excessive steam and dust, and even people’s energy shortage.

Thompson also showed a trick in the first paragraph of the observer’s story of the 1963 Uruguay recession,

In the centre of Montevideo, in a corner shaded by several trees, there is a place called El Palacio DE los Sandwiches. Its sandwiches are cut into triangles and placed in a glass box where customers see the cross-section of each sandwich. This is a delicious sight. The bread is very thin, and in fact it is very thin, hardly enough to contain all the easily visible ingredients.

When it arrives, you’ll notice that each sandwich is strangely tilted toward the back corner. This is because there is nothing between the bread in the corner. In fact, in addition to the front edge of the sandwich, there is nothing between the bread and the edges you see through the glass. This makes dry bread and expensive beer lunches generally unpleasant. Make sense to try another sandwich shop because they’re all the same.

If it weren’t for Uruguay’s economy is very like this a small sandwich, the story is not worth mentioning: looks very healthy, but once passed, will have a lot of missing.

There are some memorable phrases in these early clips. “Rolling back and forth like animals in search of meat,” Thompson wrote in a taxi in Quito, Ecuador. In a limousine in the gulf of California, a wizened bartender speaks to the eternal authority of an old soldier or retired bandit. “Asuncion in Paraguay,” Thompson said, “is a place like o ‘henry… As vivid as Atlantis, it was almost isolated.

Occasionally, young Thompson’s choice of subjects heralded his later, more famous work. For example, the preview of the three-crown winner at Belmont park foreshadowed “the fall and fall of the Kentucky Derby.” The work of the lost hitchhiker is reminiscent of the opening chapters of “fear and hate” in Las Vegas. But overall, Thompson’s early writing was the work of a brilliant young journalist who had not focused on decadence, depravity, fear or disgust. This is Thompson based anecdote, which is why this week’s hall of fame to nod is a necessary reminder, Thompson should remember his news rather than just his anecdote.


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