Screw-jack Setting & Symbolism

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Los Angeles, California

This was the setting for "Mescalito." Thompson had been sent to the city by his newspaper to cover the people there.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

This was the setting for "Death of a Poet." The setting was important because the town was devastated by a recent loss by its football team, the Packers. The narrator's friend, F. X. Leach, bet on the Packers and was financially ruined.

Mescaline

This was the psychoactive substance that Thompson ingests - along with speed - that resulted in the drug trip Thompson describes in "Mescalito." The drug caused a variety of psychological as well as physical effects.

Typewriter

Before the age of computers, Thompson used a typewriter to produce copy for his newspaper. During his drug trip in "Mescalito," he found he was eventually unable to type, overwhelmed as he was by the drug.

Dexedrine

Thompson was abusing Dexedrine pills...

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