“the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who see it coming and jump aside.”
– hunter thompson, the rum diary
“…from now on let’s try to be careful when we’re around people i know. you won’t sketch them and i won’t mace them. we’ll just try to relax and get drunk.”
“right,” he said. “we’ll go native.”
– h.s.t., “the kentucky derby is decadent and depraved” (1970)
above: self-portrait in the white whale, las vegas, 1970.
above: a young hunter’s press pass….for the jersey shore herald!
“like most of the others, i was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. i was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but i felt somehow that my instincts were right. i shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. at the same time, i shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. it was the tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going.”
– hunter s. thompson, the rum diary
hunter thompson as hunter thompson.
here he is in puerto rico, writing the rum diary. he was 22.
loved this vanity fair shot of johnny depp, on location in puerto rico. he will play hunter t. in “the rum diary” – i can’t wait to see it.