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October 07, 2010



perhaps you and I should speak one day re: HST's time in Louisville growing up with Kemp Sr.

jon abbey

do you know he worked on the copy desk at Time as a young 'un? from his Wikipedia page:

"During this time he worked briefly for Time, as a copy boy for $51 a week. While working, he used a typewriter to copy F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms in order to learn about the writing styles of the authors. In 1959, Time fired him for insubordination."


Hi Alex,

I was never a Thompson fan beyond 'Las Vegas' either, but 'The Proud Highway' his collected letters from I think his late teens to the finish of 'Hell's Angels' is well worth reading. Too bad the drugs and the belief in his own legend did him in . . . and no, I don't think there'd be much place for a guy like him in today's newspaper world.

I wonder how he'd gotten along at the Vancouver Sun? Or late 50's Vancouver? I lived there in the early 80's and it was still a dour, oh so British place. The city of which Malcolm Lowry (of 'Under the Volcano' fame) wrote 'prick the skin of the inhabitants and the Union Jack flows out instead of bllood'.


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