Lesson 1 (from Introduction, December & January)
Hunter S. Thompson is well-known for his explosive writing and lifestyle. In "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72," Thompson covers not only the presidential campaign of George McGovern, but also discusses himself. The book opens with a description of himself which, though it is not the most flattering way one could be described, is completely honest as the author sees it. In addition to exposing himself as a flawed individual, Thompson is famously open for his drug use (chronicled extensively in one of his most famous works, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"). All of these admissions about the author only serve to support the story he is trying to relay to the readers. This lesson will discuss the quirks of Hunter S. Thompson and how it informs his writing.
1) Class Discussion: Who was Hunter S. Thompson? At the time these articles were...
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