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June 30, 2015

Episode 225: Fear and Loathing in the Projection Booth

Special Guest: Anita Thompson

"When the going gets weird... the weird turn pro."

We were somewhere around Episode 225 when the drugs began to take hold. And suddenly there was a discussion of a trio of films based on the the works and character of the late doctor of Gonzo Journalism, Hunter S. Thompson: Where the Buffalo Roam, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Rum Diary.

So, "buy the ticket, take the ride" and strap yourself in for this adventure into the savage heart of the American Dream!

Listen/Download Now:

Bonus Interview: Laila Nabulsi

Visit The Gonzo Foundation
Buy Where the Buffalo Roam on DVD
Buy Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas on DVD
Buy Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Buy the Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas graphic novel
Buy The Rum Diary on DVD
Buy The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
Buy Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson
Buy Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson
Buy Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson
Buy The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson
Buy Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson on digital streaming
Buy Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride on DVD
Visit the Woody Creek Tavern website
Learn more about the Hunter S. Thompson Museum
Read Spirit of Hunter S. Thompson Lingers at His Favorite Colorado Bar
Read The Lost Legend of the Real Dr. Gonzo (Oscar Zeta Acosta)

"Combination of the Two" - Big Brother & the Holding Company
"One Toke Over the Line" - Brewer & Shipley
"Mama Told Me Not to Come" - Three Dog Night
"Viva Las Vegas" - Dead Kennedys



  1. Be sure to see the four HST documentaries by longtime Thompson associate Wayne Ewing. "Breakfast with Hunter, Volumes 1 and 2", "When I Die" and "Free Lisl." They're terrific and Volume 1 has some pretty sweet extras including an HST commentary track with director Ewing. Wonderful stuff.

  2. And also give a listen to the audio dramatization of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" featuring Jim Jarmusch, Maury Chaykin and Harry Dean Stanton... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhdP1180GJY The audio books for "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" with Tim Robbins and "Songs of the Doomed" (with various artists) are both worth a listen, too. But sepecially listen to "The Gonzo Tapes," a five-CD collection of HST's personal recordings, including actual audio of the real-life events, recorded as they happened, that inspired passages of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

  3. Holy... Wow... You guys may find this interesting:

    "Google’s A.I. system created some disturbing images after ‘watching’ the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-dreaming-ai-watches-fear-and-loathing-in-las-vegas-2015-7

    Fear & Loathing meets Altered States meets Philip K Dick?!

  4. Hi, guys, I know -- late to the party. Of note, on revisting Where the Buffalo Roam after its Scream blu-ray debut this year (2018), is that the film IS about Lazlo/ Acosta more than Thompson as Mike complains, and seems actually to be about damning his post-60s burnout arc as Rob also suggests. That isn't hindsight -- I worked at a movie theatre when this came out, and even then it was clear to the small crowd and the bored ushers, Thompson ends up in a suit on a plane (granted, with fire extinguisher foam over him) with a name badge of respectability ("Harris from the Post") while Lazlo is a wild-haired and -eyed rebel off to parts unknown, never to be heard from again (as in real life re Acosta). Thompson is the (wacky) sidekick who finally can't go along. It's a buddy film in which they break up at the end.

    The film is hobbled by its double-headed need to lay in Murray/ Caddyshack-y antics and to make the eccentric, at-the-time unknown Thompson acceptable to mainstream viewers and as such, is a snapshot rather than a summary, an experiment rather than a treatise. Its goofy loose-limbed structure, an early all-in performance by Murray, and its close but not quite Venn diagram to the shape of actual events makes it fascinating for us completists.

    Keep up the great work, Roger