I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making 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 felt the life we were leading was a lost cause and that we were all actors kidding ourselves on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between those two poles. A restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other. That kept me going.
Hunter S Thompson responds to academic critique in a typically gracious fashion
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas - first edition, with handwritten annotations.
I would feel trapped in this life if I didn’t know I could commit suicide at any time.
Hunter S. Thompson
A Day With Hunter S. Thompson, illustrated by Noah Van Sciver. From Mutant #4.
I measure my life in pages. If I have pages at dawn, it’s been a good night.