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Hunter S. Thompson fans get new book ‘The Kitchen Readings’
If you’re thirsting for some bushwhacking tales about the late, great Hunter S. Thompson you’ll want to
pick up a recent release "The Kitchen Readings - Untold Stories of
Hunter S. Thompson" by co-authors Michael
Cleverly and Bob Braudis
(HarperCollins). The two writers - an artist and a cop - were friends
of Thompson’s who visited often at his notorious "fortified compound"
interested in stories from inside Thompson’s residence will be pleased
know that Cleverly and Braudis cover everything from Thompson’s
invention of "shotgun golf" to the cultivation of illegal, uh, crops,
although we’ve not read enough to know if they touch upon the darker
issues that surrounded his later years.
Thompson, who died in February 2005 of a self-inflicted gunshot to the
head, is best known for his Sin City epic "Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas," a novel that intoduced the world to gonzo journalism. The book
enjoys a spot on virtually every wanna-be author’s bookshelf and has
inspired countless Vegas road trips.
As Thompson’s antics became legendary, he was eventually as well known
for his wild behavior as he was for penning excellent nonfiction titles
like "Hells Angels" and "The Great Shark Hunt."
We're not sure if this is tongue in cheek or a liability claim, but
HarperCollins’ press materials for The Kitchen Readings amusingly
includes the following caution:
This book contains the following:
Unsafe use of powerful firearms in combination with explosives
Cultivation of illegal crops
Impressionable minors being exposed to illicit activities
Piloting of automobiles under impaired conditions
Transporting large sums of cash across national borders
*Stunts performed in this book were undertaken by professionals. Do not
attempt them at home.
This book is now available in trade paperback and eBook through Harper
Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins, at bookstores across the USA.
To buy it online click here.
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