Literary Journalism Studies – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 40th Anniversary Issue

A special issue of Literary Journalism Studies is out, dedicated in its entirety to the 40th Anniversary of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This issue is edited by William Mckeen, author of Outlaw Journalist and you can download a .pdf of the issue below:

To download the pdf – click here

The cover photo is a 1965 HST self portrait, courtesy of Margaret Ann Harrell, author of Keep This Quiet, which deals with her work with Hunter on Hell’s Angels.

It is great to see more focus on Hunter’s work in the academic community. More on this in the near future.

Stay tuned,


Fear and Loathing on a Ducati 900: Hunter S. Thompson Rides Again

“Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba…I’ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me.” 

Hunter S. Thompson – Song of the Sausage Creature

I was lucky enough this week to pick up a copy of Cycle World from March 1995 which contained the above article from The Good Doctor in all it’s glory complete with artwork by Ralph Steadman. You can check it out in the rare articles section. In addition to Hunter’s article there is also a two page article by Brenda Buttner about her lost day at Owl Farm. Check it out below:

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Also William McKeen will be signing his new book Outlaw Journalist at the following locations in Florida:

Jacksonville Book Signing
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Book Mark
Street: 299 Atlantic Blvd.
City/Town: Atlantic Beach,

Tampa Book Signing
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Inkwood Books
Street: 216 S. Armenia Ave.
City/Town: Tampa, FL

Miami Book Signing
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Books and Books
Street: 265 Aragon Ave.
City/Town: Coral Gables, FL

According to Mr. McKeen he has been asked to inscribe – “You Twisted Pigfucker!” – at previous signing events to which he obliged, so don’t hesitate to buy a copy for your Gonzo friends or enemies with a suitable inscription – I’ve always liked “Chew on this you heartless swine!” 


Here are some links to recent interviews with McKeen regarding the book.


Ok for now,


Ron Mexico  

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Celebrating Hunter S. Thompson

UPDATED SAT. JULY 19th (see bottom of post)

Today July 18th is Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday. He would have been 71. Now everybody knows that Hunter liked to have a good time so lets just do that today and celebrate the man – he would have wanted to hear ice clinking in glasses and the sound of people having FUN!  

If you are lucky enough to live near a theatre that is showing Alex Gibney’s Gonzo then why not check it out tonight and then hit the town. For those of you living in Hunters hometown of Louisville there is an event on tonight that promises to be a real blast.



Today also marks the publication of Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson by William McKeen. There is a book-signing tonight by William at Explore Books in Aspen for those of you lucky enough to live nearby. You can check out a list of places where William will be signing his book here. Having read the book (along with all the other ones on Hunter) I have to say it is by far the best one out there. Check it out you won’t be disappointed.

There is also a big event at the Nomad Lounge in Omaha today with Beef Torrey & Kevin Simonson – authors of Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson. Along with signing copies of their book, there will be a screening of Breakfast With Hunter and Kevin will be sharing one of the largest collections of Thompson and Steadman paraphernalia in the country. For full details of the event check out the website.


Finally don’t forget our great competition!

Happy Birthday Doc,

Ron Mexico

UPDATE: Check out this great story about Hunter by Michael Cleverly.

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