Review – Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968 – 1976 (Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 2)

Continuing from The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967 (Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol 1), Fear and Loathing in America is entertaining, interesting and at times, scathing. It showcases Thompson’s bizarre sense of humour, his desire to communicate ‘on a human level’ as he puts it, and his unfailing sense of civil liberty. It illustrates the personality already established in the public mind with letters ranging from missives fired off to sub-par clothing merchandisers, to back and forths in his complex relationship with Oscar Acosta, but it also feels like something is missing.

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

I ‘ve just finished re-reading the above. It’s Very Good.

It makes me simultaneously very happy and very sad. Very sad that Terry is dead, and I’ve read almost everything that he’s written[1], and very happy that Neil is alive and writing and that I’ve not really read much that he’s written.

I suppose I’m honour bound to go and watch the TV show now, aren’t I? Such hardship in these short lives of ours, I tell you.


[1] Although, my memory being what it is (about as watertight as British clouds), there are definitely books I could return to and it would be like reading them for the first time.

Sense and Nonsense

I just read ‘Sense and Nonsense‘ (in Philosophy: Basic Readings ed. Nigel Warburton[1]) and it really resonated with me. I think it’ll resonate with anyone who’s been reading an overwrought essay – academic or otherwise – and found themselves grinding their teeth and growling ‘what is this person trying to say?’ under their breath. It’s also a nice little manifesto – ‘have something to say and say it as clearly as you can’ is a great aim for any writer.


  1. Also recommended, though I’m only about 30 pages in.