Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

the Quarantine Readings (complete playlist)

To pass time, to revisit a classic of counter cultural chaos and mayhem, to spend a little distance-time with you, I am setting out to read out loud every chapter from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.

Please tune in — Hell, share this link with a few people.

In addition, to the chapter links, I am sharing some of Ralph Steadman’s incorrigible illustrations. Thompson’s life-long associate and, perhaps, the one individual up for the task of giving image to HST’s maniacal insights, I have been drawn to Steadman’s work for over three decades. Most of these images were harvested from the 2019 KCMo retrospective of Steadman’s work. Included are several KC-specific images created when Ralph attended the 1976 Republican convention in KC. Others are from my personal collection. [if you haven’t, it might be fun for you to view Anthony Bourdaine’s episode of Destinations Unknown where he visits Steadman in his hometown in England].

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I will be posting weekly blogs, as well as future notice of upcoming releases: the novel, short stories, poetry, essays…

With all the nastiness running rampant on the book of Face, with the invasive data mining and monetizing of original content, I am working to migrate much of my interaction with the peeps I care about to this site. note: I will never resell or share your email.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
chapter 9
Chapter 10
Ralph Steadman
Ralph Steadman illustration