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The Kitchen Readings: Untold Stories of Hunter S. Thompsonby Michael Cleverly
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"According to the couple of old Woody Creek buddies of Hunter S. Thompson's (aka 'Doc') who compiled this ramshackle selection of anecdotes about the gonzo practitioner, the kitchen at Doc's was the favored place for conversation since the living room had devolved into a 'squalid, fetid, pigsty.' Thompson's legend as a fire-breathing, vituperative hellion had spread far and wide — due in no small part to his own self-promotion of it — but many old-time residents of the Colorado mountain town where he holed up for several decades were fiercely protective of their resident hell-raiser. That attitude is clearly represented by this book's pair of authors, an artist and a sheriff, who relate numerous tales of paranoid and wanton destruction (often involving cocaine, firearms and too many glasses of Chivas) with the same indulgence one reserves for a dangerously eccentric relative. The book keeps the stargazing to a minimum and mostly presents Thompson the man — one who was fortunate he could write because he comes off here as pretty useless at day-to-day life. The authors recount everything from Thompson's invention of shotgun golf to the reason he needed all those peacocks around. While Cleverly and Braudis try to puncture the media myth of Thompson the Indestructible (on his aborted attempt at covering Vietnam, they sardonically note that he seemed to 'only like danger when he was the most dangerous person in the room'), it's a gentle ribbing; we should all have friends as generous and forgiving as Thompson clearly did." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Journalist Cleverly and Sheriff Braudis were close personal friends of Thompson, and complicit in the readings of his work in his farm's kitchen. They explain the later years of Thompson, who was amongst the most creative if destructive of human beings, and demystify some of the myths, including the real origins of shotgun golf, the reasons why the livestock on the farm tended to disappear, the mental stimulation involved with filthy strip joints, many awkward moments, the cultivation of questionable crops, and the Thompson school of crime investigation. They do not try to outdo Thompson, no one can, but do a good job of backhandedly explaining him. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Michael Cleverly is an Aspen-area artist. He has been a columnist for the Aspen Times Weekly since 2000. Both Michael and Bob were close friends of Hunter in Woody Creek.
Bob Braudis has been the sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, since 1986. Both Michael and Bob were close friends of Hunter in Woody Creek.
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