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Hunter Thompson Pays a Visit to Babylon

Bill Wasserzieher, Rock's Backpages, 2015

HUNTER THOMPSON'S SUICIDE ten years ago this month should not have come as a surprise. His dark tales about riding with a biker gang, Mace-spraying spectators at the Kentucky Derby, that famous drug-fueled expedition to Las Vegas, interviewing Nixon over a men's room urinal, the sexual escapades of rich Floridians, etc., were dispatches from a man at war with much that passes for American culture. My direct acquaintance with him lasted only ten strange and twisted hours back in the mid-1970s, but even then it was obvious he would not pass away peacefully at an advanced age.

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