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Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road To Gonzo (Guest: Peter Richardson)

June 29, 2022

In Episode 78 of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Peter Richardson, author of “Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road To Gonzo.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Peter Richardson to discuss his new book, “Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road To Gonzo.” They discuss how Thompson’s literary formation occurred in San Francisco in the mid- ‘60’s, how his celebrity has obscured his literary achievements, and why Richardson believes Thompson was one of the most important American voices in the second half of the Twentieth Century.

Get the book here:  https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520304925/savage-journey

Show Notes:

Alta: Sophia Stewart – “The Weird Turn Pro”
https://www.altaonline.com/books/nonfiction/a38804340/peter-richard-savage-journey-book-review/

Houston Press: Tom Richards – “Plenty of Fear, Plenty of Loathing in New Hunter S. Thompson Biography”
https://www.houstonpress.com/arts/new-bio-analyzes-the-legend-of-hunter-s-thompson-12789622

Literary Hub: Peter Richardson – “On the Legacy of Hunter S. Thompson and Gonzo Journalism”
https://lithub.com/on-the-legacy-of-hunter-s-thompson-and-gonzo-journalism/?fbclid=IwAR2R_VdzBb47DKBmXSXfkX_oXqRpKzgSr0jyxct1WMaMvlY-algv-Feb-AA

Los Angeles Review of Books: Peter Richardson – “Strange Rumblings: The Prickly but Productive Friendship Between Hunter Thompson and Oscar Acosta”
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/strange-rumblings-the-prickly-but-productive-friendship-between-hunter-thompson-and-oscar-acosta/

The Nation: Peter Richardson – “5 Lessons From Hunter S. Thompson”
https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/hunter-thompson-rolling-stone/

The New Republic: Peter Richardson – “Hunter S. Thompson and the Four Secrets to Gonzo Journalism’s Success”
https://newrepublic.com/article/165172/hunter-s-thompson-gonzo-journalisms-four-secrets

Times Literary Supplement: Matt Sturrock – “Not-so-micro-aggressions”
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/savage-journey-hunter-s-thompson-peter-richardson-book-review-matt-sturrock/

Wall Street Journal: Benjamin Shull – “‘Savage Journey’ Review: Hunter S. Thompson’s Wild Ride”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/savage-journey-book-review-hunter-s-thompson-biography-wild-ride-hells-angels-fear-loathing-11646321130

Washington Independent Review of Books: Daniel de Visé – “Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo”
https://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/index.php/bookreview/savage-journey-hunter-s-thompson-and-the-weird-road-to-gonzo

Washington Post Magazine: Jason Vest – “The gonzo journalist who forever changed political campaign coverage”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2022/05/10/hunter-thompson-campaign-coverage/

Article Tags
Constitutional Reform
Author
Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @HeartlandGR