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Fear and Loathing in Elko
    #4425873 - 07/20/05 12:22 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Fear and Loathing in Elko

by Hunter S. Thompson

from Rolling Stone #622, January 23, 1992

[Part I] Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Sexual Harassment Then
and Now..The Ghost of Long Dong Thomas...The Road Full of Forks

Dear Jann,

God damn, I wish you were here to enjoy this beautiful weather with
me. It is autumn, as you know, and things are beginning to die. It is
so wonderful to be out in the crisp fall air, with the leaves turning
gold and the grass turning brown, and the warmth going out of the
sunlight and big hot fires in the fireplace while Buddy rakes the
lawn. We see a lot of bombs on TV because we watch it a lot more, now
that the days get shorter and shorter, and darkness comes so soon, and
all the flowers die from freezing.

Oh, God! You should have been with me yesterday when I finished my
ham and eggs and knocked back some whiskey and picked up my Weatherby
Mark V .300 Magnum and a ball of black Opium for dessert and went
outside with a fierce kind of joy in my heart because I was Proud to
be an American on a day like this. If felt like a goddamn Football
Game, Jann -- it was like Paradise.... You remember that bliss you
felt when we powered down to the farm and whipped Stanford? Well, it
felt like That.

I digress. My fits of Joy are soiled by relentless flashbacks and
ghosts too foul to name....Oh no, don't ask Why. You could have been
president, Jann, but your road was full of forks, and I think of this
when I see the forked horns of these wild animals who dash back and
forth on the hillsides while rifles crack in the distance and fine
swarthy young men with blood on their hands drive back and forth in
the dusk and mournfully call our names....

O Ghost, O Lost, Lost and Gone, O Ghost, come back again.

Right. and so much for autumn. The trees are diseased and the
Animals get in your way and the President is usually guilty and most
days are too long, anyway....So never mind my poem. It was wrong from
the start. I plagiarized it from an early work of Coleridge and then
tried to put my own crude stamp on it, but I failed.

So what? I didn't want to talk about fucking autumn, anyway. I was
just sitting here at dawn on a crisp Sunday morning, waiting for the
football games to start and taking a goddamn very brief break from
this blizzard of Character Actors and Personal Biographers and sickly
Paparazzi that hovers around me these days (they are sleeping now,
thank Christ -- some even in my own bed). I was sitting here all
alone, thinking, for good or ill, about the Good Old Days.

We were Poor, Jann. But we were Happy. Because we knew Tricks. We
were Smart. Not Crazy, like they said. (No. They never called us late
for dinner, eh?)

Ho, ho. Laughs don't come cheap these days, do they? The only guy
who seems to have any fun in public is Prince Cromwell, my shrewd and
humorless neighbor -- the one who steals sheep and beats up women,
like Mike Tyson.

Who knows why, Jann. Some people are too weird to figure.

You have come a long way from the Bloodthirsty, Beady-eyed news Hawk
that you were in days of yore. Maybe you should try reading something
besides those goddamn motorcycle magazines -- or one of these days
you'll find hair growing in your palms.

Take my word for it. You can only spend so much time "on the
throttle," as it were....Then the Forces of Evil will take over.

Ah, but that is a different question, for now. Who gives a fuck? We
are, after all, Professionals....But our Problem is not. No. It is the
Problem of Everyman. It is Everywhere. The Question is our Wa; the
Answer is our Fate.... and the story I am about to tell you is
horrible, Jann.

I came suddenly awake, weeping and jabbering and laughing like a
loon at the ghost on my TV set....Judge Clarence Thomas....Yes, I knew
him. But that was a long time ago. Many years, in fact, but I still
remember it vividly....Indeed, it has haunted me like a Golem, day and
night, for many years.

It seemed normal enough, at the time, just another weird rainy night
out there on the high desert....What the Hell? We were younger, then.
Me and the Judge. And all the others, for that matter....It was a
Different Time. People were friendly. We trusted each other. Hell, you
afford to get mixed up with wild strangers in those days -- without
fearing for your life, or your eyes, or your organs, or all of your
money or even getting locked up in prison forever. There was a sense
of possibility. People were not so afraid, as they are now.

You could run around naked without getting shot. You could check
into a motel in Winnemucca or Elko when you were lost in a midnight
rainstorm -- and nobody called the police on you, just to check out
your credit and your employment history and your medical records and
how many parking tickets you owed in California.

There were Laws, but they were not feared. There were Rules, but
they were not worshiped....like Laws and Rules and Cops and Informants
are feared and worshiped today.

Like I said: It was a different time. And I know the Judge would
tell you the same thing, tonight, if he wanted to tell you the Truth,
like I do.

The first time I actually met the Judge was a long time ago, for
strange reasons, on a dark and rainy night in Elko, Nevada, when we
both ended up in the same sleazy roadside Motel, for no good reason at
all....Good God! What a night!

I almost forgot about it, until I saw him last week on TV....and
then I saw it all over again. The horror! The horror! That night when
the road washed out and we all got stuck out there -- somewhere near
Elko in a place just off the highway, called Endicott's Motel -- and
we almost went really Crazy.


P.S. And, speaking of crazy, take a look at this riff on the Judge and
Sexual Harassment that I received yesterday from that brute who runs
the Sports Desk. He must have been drunk when he wrote it -- but
whiskey is no excuse for this kind of brainless, atavistic gibberish.

I want that screwhead fired! He was harmless once, but ever since
Judge Thomas got confirmed for the High court, he has been mauling
women shamelessly. Last week he pinned my secretary against a hot wall
in the mainframe room and almost twisted her nipples off. Then he
laughed and said it was legal now, and if I didn't like it, I could
take him to court [see enclosed memo, below]. It was addressed to me,
but I have a feeling we'll be seeing it soon, taped up on the wall of
the Men's Room -- and probably the Women's Room too.

More Here.

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afoaf said:
Jim, if you were in my city, I would let you fuck my wife.

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Re: Fear and Loathing in Elko [Re: Jim]
    #4426107 - 07/20/05 01:19 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

No comments?

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Jim, if you were in my city, I would let you fuck my wife.

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Re: Fear and Loathing in Elko [Re: Jim]
    #4426118 - 07/20/05 01:20 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Nice! I was looking for something to read too :smile:

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Re: Fear and Loathing in Elko [Re: Letto]
    #4426133 - 07/20/05 01:23 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

THere is the whole archive at www.archive.org using the wayback machine and searching www.gonzo.org

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afoaf said:
Jim, if you were in my city, I would let you fuck my wife.

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Re: Fear and Loathing in Elko [Re: Jim]
    #4428208 - 07/20/05 02:16 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

:thumbup: ... good read

When chemistry is outlawed.. Only outlaws have chemistry:rainbowdrink:

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Re: Fear and Loathing in Elko [Re: Infrared]
    #4428646 - 07/20/05 03:56 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

thats really cool, i'm a really big fan of HST thanks for the info :smile:

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