My brain can't handle much more bad craziness, but that's what Dr. Thompson specializes in ... and after having to deal with two separate Temples of Mammon today, I'm almost ready to storm the gates, the only problem being my pointed lack of the necessary drugs, booze, cash, weapons, and high-powered vehicles. Damn. I guess my own insanity will have to wait for another day. As it was, I had to go back and re-construct all the links and stuff for this, which is making me cranky, on top of being in a deep pit of neurosis brought on by this afternoon's errands. Sucks to be me, I guess.
I don't think it necessarily sucks to be Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, since he would appear to be rarely "there", only present as the animating spirit of his drug/booze/adrenaline soaked body, and the piquant literary filter by which those over-the-edge experiences reach the page. In Songs of the Doomed : More Notes on the Death of the American Dream he takes us on a rambling journey through the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, flashing in and out of memories/stories with little connection or coherence, yet as a whole, they offer a window into his particular brand of insanity, sometimes filed under "Gonzo". One wonders what to make of some of the abrupt story ends, and certainly of the chaotic closure to the book ... again, I have an early version here (1990, the same year as the last entries in it) and the currently available edition might have some of the many extremely loose ends tied up ... or not, I suppose.
As I noted a few posts back, I did not have a "ready" political/social book to slot in to follow this (or at least one that I was up for reading at the moment). So, I took a close look at the "to be read" bookshelves and discovered a title that should have certain logical lead-ins from Thompson, Why the Reckless Survive by Melvin Konner, which appears to address the question of what cultural or evolutionary benefits "extreme" behavior might offer for humanity. This is another that I hope I'll be enthused about, as it can be had for under a buck via Amazon's used listings!