Last night I watched Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. I didn’t know a whole lot about him – I did see the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas years ago and all I came away with it was, “This guy really likes hallucinogenics.”
Probably worth a second viewing.
Good ol’ Hunter, or some Hunter-esque figure, dropped in on me in the wee hours of the morning to drop some advice about writing, critical reading and critical living.
When I write a professional cover letter to anyone, I always introduce myself as “Grand Poobah” or “Lord of Shit and Whiskey.” It cuts through all the bullshit, so that the reader knows who s/he’s REALLY dealing with.
When I read an article or an essay, I always read it three times. The first time is just to introduce myself to the material, get familiar with it. The second time is so that I can articulate the arguments that the material is making. The third time, I try to refute those arguments, to the best of my ability. I try to live my life this way too – What am I doing? Why am I doing it? Are there good reasons NOT to do it? To me, this is the best way to actually know myself and the crazy, fucked-up world I live in.
BOOM! Advice from Hunter S. Thompson, from beyond the grave. You’re welcome.