A couple of friends and I just finished reading Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie by Hunter S. Thompson. Amazon Link. We’ve been told by a couple of HST fans that this book was written well after his prime, but we chose to read it for a couple of reasons:
- All three of us remember the 1992 presidential election
- There are some interesting parallels with this election
This was the first HST experience for each of us. There are some pretty crazy stories in there, about people and events. Some of it is believable, like his campaign for Sheriff. Some seems metaphorical - James Carville stealing his wallet and money on election night, for instance, showing that the enemy of your enemy isn’t always your friend. Some of it seems, quite frankly, like paranoid delusional rambling - like the massive convergences of law enforcement on his home and his luck in making it out of Little Rock alive after meeting Bill Clinton.
It was fun, and I know at least two of us are planning to read some more - I plan to read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail at least. However, before I dive into more, I really want to know the SDMB consensus:
How much is extreme exaggeration / metaphor / paranoia / delusion / some other thing, and how much is reasonably accurate (though slanted)?
I’m OK with whatever that mix is, I just like to know what I’m getting into