Fearlessness and Loathing

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson Hunter, Hunter, Hunter…boy, what the hell was you thinkin’?!?  My question can apply to both the story (which for me was a head scratcher) and the personal choices (tragedy to the comedy for which Hunter S. Thompson is over reaching). Let’s start with the story… I…

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Talese Writes His Way Into “College Material”

The Gay Talese Reader Gay Talese I tried to imagine Gay Talese physically positioned within each of his stories. Okay, he’s a journalist—so he is, in effect, interviewing subjects with the express intention of writing about them. I considered the physical closeness—he had to be in their space; their semi-private space in order to capture…

Incoming Fan Mail

Slouching Towards Bethlehem Joan Didion Incoming fan mail: Dear Joan Didion, the only woman presented me in this good ole’ boy’s club called “The New Journalism.” Having read three books into this “genre” I grow anxious straining to find some diversity among the new journalists. Many of you have whispered about social ills in your…