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52 years ago today, Hunter explains himself: “Who I Am”

Hello! I’m sitting here at the Airport on my way to to Florida. Check out this link about Hunter applying to The Vancouver Sun. (Thanks Bruce for the link). You can read the letter in Proud Highway too. Here’s a clip:

The enclosed clippings should give you a rough idea of who I am. It’s a year old, however, and I’ve changed a bit since it was written. I’ve taken some writing courses from Columbia in my spare time, learned a hell of a lot about the newspaper business, and developed a healthy contempt for journalism as a profession. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. If this is what you’re trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I’d like to work for you.

Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews. I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don’t give a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations. I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Gonzo+journalist+Hunter+Thompson+applied+Vancouver/3606176/story.html#ixzz119UnJA9S


-Hunter S. Thompson, Proud Highway


Okay, love to you. Your friend, off to romance on the Atlantic Coast,

Anita Thompson

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