Hunter S. Thompson: Stories And Quotes From The '70s Gonzo Journalist

By | July 16, 2020

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Hunter S. Thompson. Source: IMDB

Known for his seminal works like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell’s Angels, Hunter S. Thompson was a journalist (or "gonzo journalist") who was down for anything, and in this case anything should be taken literally. Hunter S. Thompson lived an extreme life full of drugs, booze, and guns, and he made no bones about it. Thompson gave off the impression that he was a mad man, but he just wanted to live his life the way he saw fit. Thompson may have been over the top, but he made life more interesting for everyone who knew him. He was definitely crazy, but the world is better for having him in it. These are some of the wildest stories from his very eventful life.

The Hunter S. Thompson diet

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source: rollng stone

One of the first questions that E. Jean Carroll asked when writing her biography about Thompson was “how do you do it?” How can one man fill themselves with drugs and booze and actually finish some kind of work? Thompson broke down his daily schedule for her and it’s not for the faint of heart. It also might not even be for Thompson. This is what Thompson claimed his day was like:

3:00 p.m. rise

3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills

3:45 cocaine

3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill

4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill

4:15 cocaine

4:16 orange juice, Dunhill

4:30 cocaine

4:54 cocaine

5:05 cocaine

5:11 coffee, Dunhills

5:30 more ice in the Chivas

5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.

6:00 grass to take the edge off the day

7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jig­gers of Chivas)

9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously

10:00 drops acid

11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass

11:30 cocaine, etc, etc.

12:00 midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write

12:05-6:00 a.m. Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.

6:00 the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo

8:00 Halcyon

8:20 sleep

It sounds like Thompson was messing with Carroll, but with everything we know about him it’s entirely possible that this was how he spent his days.