The Mutineer – Not coming to a bookstore anytime soon.

I didn’t really want to post this on New Years Eve but I reckon it is better off coming to you now at the end of a thoroughly rotten year  instead of 2010. I was just reading the latest update by Anita over at Huffington Post and I came across the following comment from her in the feedback section in response to a question about The Mutineer.

“The Mutineer has such sensitive letters in it that we are postponing it until some of the dust settles. I”d like to see it in the hands of readers as much as you do. Hunter was a gentleman, so it’s best to wait — but not sacrifice the inside story of the last 15 years of his life.”

Ugh…I am gutted. I have been looking forward to reading this for a long, long time and I am sure the same goes for the thousands of you that have visited this blog over the past year, not to mention all the other readers of Hunter’s work from every corner of the globe. I have also been eager to get my hands on this before I finish my Ph.D on Hunter, I guess that is not going to happen now which is a huge blow to my work.

Oh well at least we can all look forward to The Rum Diary in 2010.

All the best,

R


We can’t stop here, this is lobster country!

This is a strange one folks and I can’t help but wonder what Jean- Paul Sartre would have thought of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The full story appears over at The Times Online but you can read the bones of it below:

“As one of the great European thinkers of the 20th century, Jean-Paul Sartre popularised existentialism, became a working-class hero — and was chased down the Champs Elysées by a pack of imaginary lobsters.

A previously unpublished account of the late French philosopher’s improbable drug-induced crustacean visions has surfaced in New York, where a new book of conversations between Sartre and an old family friend will be published later this month.

John Gerassi, a New York professor of political science whose parents were close friends of Sartre, talked at length to the philosopher in the 1970s about his experiments with mescaline, a powerful hallucinogenic drug derived from a Mexican cactus.

Although it has long been known that Sartre experienced visions of lobsters — which he sometimes referred to as crabs — Gerassi’s account offers startling new details of the philosopher’s descent into near-madness as he battled to make sense of what he had come to regard as the intellectual absurdity of his life.

“Yeah, after I took mescaline I started seeing crabs around me all the time,” he says in Gerassi’s new book, Talking With Sartre. “They followed me in the streets, into class … I would wake up in the morning and say, ‘Good morning, my little ones, how did you sleep?’ I would say, ‘Okay guys, we’re going into class now . . . ’ and they would be there, around my desk, absolutely still, until the bell rang.”

Like numerous other free-thinking writers from Aldous Huxley to Hunter S Thompson, Sartre was intrigued by the mind-expanding properties of the peyote cactus. His mescaline experiments started in 1935 and affected his thinking for more than a year.

They proved a big influence in the writing of his 1938 novel, Nausea — now regarded as a manifesto of existentialism. Shellfish visions also featured in his 1959 play, The Condemned of Altona, in which a race of crabs sits in judgment on humanity.

In between, Sartre told Gerassi, “I began to think I was going crazy.”

He consulted a young psychiatrist named Jacques Lacan — who later became another of France’s foremost intellectuals — and they attributed Sartre’s crab-infested depression to his fear that he was being pigeon-holed as a teacher.

“That was the worst part, to have to be serious about life,” said Sartre. “The crabs stayed with me until the day I simply decided that they bored me and I wouldn’t pay attention to them.” By then it was the 1940s, France was occupied and Sartre had other things to worry about.”

Read the entire article here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6926971.ece

 

 

A law unto himself: Robert Chalmers meets Aspen’s gonzo lawman Bob Braudis

Hey everybody, check out this great interview with Sheriff Bob Braudis.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/a-law-unto-himself-robert-chalmers-meets-aspens-gonzo-lawman-bob-braudis-1785253.html

Sorry for the short post, my eye is still giving me trouble. I have been told that I require a cornea transplant. I don’t want to strain my eye so I will be keeping computer work to a minimum. I will still post updates of course, but they will be brief until I have the operation.

Take it easy,

Ron

Wayne Ewing weighs in on life with Hunter

Hey folks,

First off thanks for the all the good will directed my way regarding this damned eye of mine. It is on the mend slowly but surely. Secondly I just received a very interesting email from Wayne Ewing regarding a new section on his website, here are the details:

“I will be writing weekly stories about life with Hunter and the making of the films along with exclusive clips from the archives. Not unlike my old Sundays with Hunter, when for years I helped him write columns for the San Francisco Examiner and ESPN.com, except a bit less frustrating for me.

But I still miss him like many of you, especially since I’m editing a scene right now I shot with him writing one of his last columns in 2004. There are three new pieces up already one about taking Hunter to DC for George McGovern’s birthday, another about the original “Breakfast with Hunter” project and also the real story of what happened that fateful day when Hunter shot Deborah.”

Check out the stories and video clips at http://hunterthompsonfilms.com/vodcast/

I had a good look through the stuf earlier and I know you will like it! If you haven’t already seen Wayne’s documentaries about Hunter make sure to check them out, they are brilliant!

Cheers,

Ron

To discuss this post in the forums click here

Bookmark and Share

Happy Birthday Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter

Today July 18th is Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday. The Good Doctor would have been 72. I am sure that everyone will be toasting his spirit tonight in a variety of ways. Over at Anita’s website a request has been made to celebrate his memory by having a tree planted in Colorado. For full details and how to donate towards this check out Owlfarmblog

Here at TotallyGonzo we would like to mark the occasion by requesting your support in petitioning The Modern Library to induct Fear and Loathing: On The Campaign Trail ’72 into their collection. Previously they have inducted Hells Angel’s and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

To show your support for Hunter and this fantastic book please visit the link below and add your signature. Who knows maybe with enough signatures we can get something done!

Thanks and Happy Birthday Doc !

Ron Mexico

PETITION LINK: http://www.petitiononline.com/GONZOHST/petition.html

To discuss this post in the forums click here

Bookmark and Share

Gonzo Writing Contest

Anita just posted an interesting update over at owlfarmblog. Here is what caught my eye:

            

You may have heard that the Gonzo Foundation will be indeed holding a writing contest starting in the Fall, which will end with the winner’s writing published in the Magazine, and a book Contract with People’s Press.”

 

Ok sounds cool, but can someone fill me in a little more here??????

Cheers,

Ron

 

 

Preview: Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson

Ancient Gonzo Wisdom
Ancient Gonzo Wisdom

Here is some nice reading material for the Gonzo Tribe this summer – Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson – due to hit the shelves on July 6th. Anita Thompson has spent quite a while now gathering together this volume of interviews and first indications are that the wait has been worth it. Kicking things off is an introduction by none other than Christopher Hitchens and I have to say I am intrigued as to what he has to say regarding the Good Doctor and all things Gonzo. A quick scan of the table of contents offers up some nice surprises – not only are the interviews from print sources but there are also transcribed interviews from various radio and T.V. outlets to boot! This is a really nice touch as many of these interviews are long since forgotten and impossible to find (believe me I have tried!) It also sets this volume apart from the other collection of interviews by Kevin Simonson and Beef Torrey. Yes there are some interviews common to both collections but by and large the material in this book is to be found nowhere else (except maybe for one or two in our interview section here at Totally Gonzo – shhh tell nobody)

Ok so here is a list of some of the interviews that I have yet to find anywhere else:

ABC News – February 20, 1967

Sunday (CBC) – 1967

WBZ 1030AM (Boston) – August 8, 1972

Loose Licks (Australia) – Spring 1976

90 Minutes Live (CBC) – April 12, 1977

Commonwealth Times (Richmond, Virginia) – November 28, 1978

Washington Journalism Review – Nov/Dec 1979

This is just a small sample of what is on offer in this collection which covers Hunter’s  entire career right up until 2005. It even includes a transcript of his hilarious Conan O’Brien interview. Looking forward to picking this up now, it will keep me busy until The Mutineer comes out in October. Yes…you read that correctly… 🙂

 

Ok gotta run, next post coming sooner than you think (I promise)

 

Ron Mexico

PS: I have been glued to the protests in Iran lately, it is interesting to see young Iranian students clad in Calvin Klein asking Barack Obama and America to help them in the name of Democracy. That must sicken the clowns over at Fox News who would have you believe that all Iranians are Anti-American Evil-Doers.  As Hunter once said – “There is some shit we won’t eat!” – and that spans fear mongering morons in the media to vote rigging swine in Iran.