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comment by nowaypablo

Has anyone read Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72?

Reading it at a military institution gets you looks like you're reading Dianetics while drawing a pentagram on your forehead in charcoal. Everyone's already on edge because of some recent drama about an openly Communist recent graduate and 2nd Lieutenant.

The dynamics of Washington in general as HST observes it are, while not surprising, are still disturbing in similarity to the present. I'm not even halfway yet but I'm hoping someone here might've read it or the other Fear and Loathings enough to throw in their thoughts.

flagamuffin  ·  233 days ago  ·  link  ·  

of course i have. see also:

if you look past the murk and gin haze you can witness in those books the evolution of the presidency from a powerful position held by a reasonably qualified individual into the place where you put the glossiest show pony, painted blue or red as you please

sheen is the modern presidential necessity which has replaced intelligence

nowaypablo  ·  233 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oh shit, another reporter for Rolling Stone on the same campaign? This is awesome!