Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

The Gonzo Files

Hunter S. Thompson in the late 1990s (Christian Thompson/Reuters)
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson, edited by Jann S. Wenner (Simon & Schuster, 592 pp., $32.50)

A few months after Richard Nixon was reelected in 1972, Hunter S. Thompson sat in a bar with Paul Scanlon, his editor at Rolling Stone. “Hunter looked like hell and was clearly not in great spirits,” Scanlon writes in the introduction to this lively new anthology. Scanlon gently wondered aloud whether it might be wise for Thompson to cut back a bit on his heroic consumption of drugs and booze. The writer’s reply, Scanlon says, was this: “He gave me a look; nothing nasty, just a look. He extracted a tab of Mr. Natural blotter acid from [his] pocket, stared

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