1965 Hunter S. Thompson Letter With Handwritten Edits

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1965 Hunter S. Thompson Letter With Handwritten Edits
Thompson typed letter signed “HST” in type, with Thompson circling his initials and also with his handwritten edits throughout. In this interesting letter published in “Proud Highway”, Thompson writes to “Seekoff”, his friend Paul Semonin on 9 June (1965) from San Francisco. He discusses protests on college campuses and a growing unease in the populace, with even Dr. Spock criticizing the Johnson administration on Vietnam. Letter reads in small part, I have just finished the most biased, violent and wholly political piece I’ve ever written. “The Non-Student Left”, published 27 September 1965. The big apple at the moment seems to be the Rum Diary, which I have to rewrite at least in part before any of these bastards will send me a cheque. But, sadly, it is not good enough to send out. The next few weeks will be a hell of long hours and steady work. I have to punch while they’re digging me. I have spent the past two weeks doing a piece on the Non-student at Berkeley. It took me into the world you recommended last year, the hard-nose radicals, etc. I found them sympathetic but not impressive. My piece is not as mean as it should be, however, and for a bunch of 22 and 23 year old punks they are raising a good amount of hell over there. Some of them may last. It is amateurish, but hellishly persistent and not without guts. The Legislature is now organizing a full-scale investigation of Cal, to begin next yer, and that should bring the roof down. I may have to stay out there until Xmas or so, just to cover the action. The Establishment here is incredibly disorganized and bumbling. All the pros have been hired by the other side. When I read the radical stuff I suffer for them. If the f could say what they really mean, without resorting to old cliches, they might be able to shake some people. As it is, the best thing to date on the’New American Left’ was in the Sat Eve-Post. Even the Berkeley boys agree. That is one of the basic problems. At the Berkeley’Vietnam Teach-In’ the other day I finally had to leave because too many cups had been rattled under my nose. It gives the whole thing a Losers’ smell. Even so, I think we are getting some action here. Press coverage of Santo Domingo borders on anarchy and Vietnam is nearly the same. They are smoting Johnson hip, and thigh. His hired liars are being grilled mercilessly. Mavericks are popping up in strange places. The NYTimes afor all practical purposes queered the whole administration stance in the Domincan [sic]. The consensus is falling to pieces. I think you will find a different atmosphere than the one you left here. Spock, for instance, is traveling around the country berating our Vietnam policy. Mailer, at Berkeley, told a crowd of 10,000 that Johnson is insane, and they cheered wildly. Strange pollen is in the air. NY is where most of the talk is, but the action is busting out everywhere: Michigan, Yale, Mississippi, Chicago and even L. Things are happening, for good or illHST. Two page letter on a single sheet measures 8.5″ x 11″. Shallow folds, overall near fine condition. The item “1965 Hunter S. Thompson Letter With Handwritten Edits” is in sale since Thursday, March 26, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs”. The seller is “n8sautographs” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
1965 Hunter S. Thompson Letter With Handwritten Edits

Hunter Thompson 3pp. Letter With Handwritten Annotation

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Hunter Thompson 3pp. Letter With Handwritten Annotation
Epic three-page typed letter by Hunter S. Thompson, with numerous handwritten comments, edits and annotations throughout, referencing suicide (“the only logical human act”), Hitler (“a hero until he fed up”), Eisenhower, President Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Nixon, Marx, anarchists, F. Scott Fitzgerald and much more. Writing from his home at 318 Parnassus Street in San Francisco, Thompson writes to his childhood friend Paul Semonin on 15 November 1964. Letter was published in “Proud Highway”, although the handwritten portions were excluded, with some of those changing the context of Thompson’s thoughts. Like Baldwin using your phoney Marx quote and not crediting marx. As I recall, he used it to describe Fitzgerald. The idea is pure bullshit, in any case, because it makes suicide the only logical human act. Or, shooting from another angle: who decides when a’situation’ requires illusions? Who originates the demand to renounce them? And what, for that matter, is an illusion? I know you feel qualified on all these counts, but you might have trouble mounting a true consensus without the help of a loaded pistol. Thompson then goes into detail about the political climate in Bolivia, describing Bolivian labor leader Juan Lechin: He then emerged, looking and smelling somewhat like Ronald Reagan, and mingled with the mob like an oily Lyndon Johnson. After waiting with the other peasants for an hour and a half, I felt a sense of real gratitude when the prick finally deigned to speak with us. This man makes Nixon seem on par with Pope John. A true anarchist is the only man who can afford to relax in this world; his vision is clear and true, his aims are simple, and his appetites are tiny compared to the various packs of jackals who make up the opposition. His only problem is that he can’t afford to be right, so most anarchists end up lying in the name of some’necessary evil. The most important political breakthrough of the past five centuries will come when some desperate half-mad truth-seeker learns how to justify his instinct to anarchy. It has to come, because it’s the only possible reconciliation between a man’s best instincts and his worst realities. Thompson then discusses the political climate in Chile before writing, The press has turned itself to Johnson’s interests — pocketbook issues, as it were. Johnson doesn’t know Chile from chili, and doesn’t give a damn either. I think we are in for the final slide; eight years of it, unless he dies. [handwritten] And maybe even then. That’brain of your manhood” is a good line; where did you steal it? I look forward to talking to you on whatever distant day you finally realize you were put down in this muck for a very short time, and only once, and that nobody — despite the advertisements — has whipped up the dish you know you want to taste. I don’t imagine you’re far from the time when you’ll begin to get the fear that you’ll die hungry, but perhaps right now between Mr. Ford they are still teasing your taste buds, and you don’t know it yet. You are the Gatsby of the Marxist Left, old sport; he had this silk shirts and you have Tomorrow’s Gospel, and I hope we’re still able to talk like human beings when you find out that his Green Light was a hell of a lot more than a slack rich girl from Louisville. Your idea that maybe next year I’ll be wise enough to absorb the wisdom of your friends is so petulant and patronizing that I don’t see any sense in talking about it. In some small way Mailer has come back from the dead. The depth and decency of his dispair [sic] makes Baldwin sound like a crotchety fag reading somebody else’s poetry. Just for your own information, I get my irony and two-fistedness from a general shortness of cash, my apocalyptic vision from booze and desperate naivete, and my sense of tragedy from Nancy Fitzhugh [one of Thompson’s ex-girlfriends, a “doomed lover” from Louisville]. You ask me what I mean when I say all systems are against me. I mean exactly that. Any organization is necessarily a pyramid — the few controlling the many — and every system requires an organization, much as you might hate to admit itYou call yourself an’optimist,’ but everything you say is hung with the grey drapery of what strikes me as a vengeful and masochistic pessimism. My feeling is that a man is born with decent instincts (and f this idea of original sin) which are steadily pressured and perverted every day of his life until he is either driven mad or turns into a vicious insensitive monster. The trick is to keep your feet in the shitrain, and any man who can do that deserves whatever ego he has left. I agree with you entirely that the U. Is a root-rotten structure, menaced from without by justified resentment and butressed [sic] from within by moneyed fear. Your bullshit about’who is the enemy in SF’ makes me wonder, and your bloated rhetoric makes mine seem like cold hard logic. The enemy,’ the fing silly enemy, is the same right here as he is over there. The enemy is any man who is willing to take the necessary steps to protect his own [handwritten] short-term interests — now or later, often never admitting it even to himself, rarely understanding his own implications, and always a little too human for any mortal censure except in the name of fate or expediency. Hitler was a hero until he fed up. So was Kruschev [sic]. And good old Ike was such a hero, for two terms, that he was finally permitted to lay a golden egg, named Nixon, who came very near being king. Thompson then handwrites several sentences, concluding with the humorous line, do you worry about being so predictable? Three page letter on three separate sheets measures 8.5″ x 11″. The item “Hunter Thompson 3pp. Letter With Handwritten Annotation” is in sale since Wednesday, February 12, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs”. The seller is “n8sautographs” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Hunter Thompson 3pp. Letter With Handwritten Annotation

HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA

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HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA

HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA
This is an original letter written by Hunter S. Thompson’s own hand (not a copy, it is the actual original only copy of this letter). Sanders who you may know has many of these type of letters for sale but very few that are hand written, mostly typed. This one is hand written and signed “H” at the end as Hunter often did in personal, hand written letters. This letter has great content in this personal letter to childhood and longtime friend Paul Semonin. Please excuse the glare as the document is in a heavyweight protector. The color on the sheet is consistent, it is just the shadow and glare. The item “HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA” is in sale since Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs”. The seller is “starryknight602″ and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.
  • Autograph Authentication: Nate Sanders
  • Signed by: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Modified Item: No
  • Profession: GONZO Journalist
  • Original/Reproduction: Original

HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed Handwritten Letter Lost Dog, Guns Personal Content COA

Hunter Thompson Letter w. Handwritten Annotations

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Hunter Thompson Letter w. Handwritten Annotations
Thompson typed letter, with handwritten edits and annotations throughout. Clearly energized by the sale of an article to the “The Reporter”, a liberal magazine, Thompson offers a primer on how to get a journalism story published in this letter, writing to his friend Paul Semonin, a fellow writer but not as experienced as Thompson. With the handwritten date of “Nov 14″ (1963) by Thompson, along with “WC” for Woody Creek, Colorado, letter begins by a reference to their mutual friend Donald Cooke. I forgot to ask you about Cooke? You recall, of course, the touchy nature of my curiosityI may go to NY soon and I don’t want to go back-slapping if I’m likely to get a knee in the nutsAnd reply at once. Forsake your African habit of procrastination” He then shares the good news, “Today the Reporter honcho called me at the WC store. That’s The Reporter, jocko, not the Observer. They bought my Louisville piece after the Obs. Had the shitty gall to bounce ita significant step up. Maybe now I can write for people I might want to talk to. Thompson then generously shares details about how to get a story published: Pick your subjects carefully, stick to facts, details and local colorI’ll give you a good word and say you used to work for the Ottaway chain. Nothing specific, and that I have the highest regard for your reportorial eye. Remember — details, details, details. Avoid theory, Right or Left. Do something on the InstituteTell em how and why the Italian oil co. For facts & figures, the U. Embassy has a Commercial Attachee [sic]Once in a while these guys are OK; more often they are slobsOnce they get to know you, it’s a bit easier to load a piece with your own prejudice. Has printed stuff of mine that I couldn’t have given away a year ago. Another note: the USIS people, usually the younger ones, were the best types I found. Now and then a real fireball. And I was pleasantly dumbfounded, more than once, by Ambassadors. But don’t start on that levelFirst write one or two things about subjects you know wellwhat the Peace Corps is up to. Photos make stuff more saleable — to the Obs, anyway. Don’t crowd people into a frame for news reproduction. The simple & bolder, the better. That camera is a proven vet. A general rule to follow for poor lighting is that anything you can see in the ground glass (using Tri-X film) will show on the negative if you go by what the light meter saysH. Thompson ends the letter by providing contact information for magazines. Two page letter on one sheet measures 8.5″ x 11″. Toning, else near fine condition. The item “Hunter Thompson Letter w. Handwritten Annotations” is in sale since Saturday, February 1, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs”. The seller is “n8sautographs” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Hunter Thompson Letter w. Handwritten Annotations

Hunter Thompson 5pp. Letter With Handwritten Edits

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Hunter Thompson 5pp. Letter With Handwritten Edits
Exceptional five-page, single-spaced typed letter by Hunter S. Thompson, published in “Proud Highway” but without the handwritten edits found here. Dated 18 April (1965) from his home on Parnassus Street in San Francisco, Thompson writes to his friend Paul Semonin on a host of subjects including Vietnam, non-violent protests including the Selma March, the Free Speech movement at Berkeley, and his recent article on “outlaw motorcyclists”, which would of course evolve into “Hell’s Angels”. Punctuation is unusually spotty throughout, due to Thompson’s new “rotten fing electric typewriter”, and content here is uncorrected. Letter reads in very small part. Along these lines I;ve been watching the slow, day by day action over at BerkleyThe reason the whole ;thing came to a publicity head in the first place was a giant Establishment fup by a Chancellor named Strong, who has since resigned under pressure — not for doing what he did, but for doing it too blatantlylike the difference between Goldwater and JohnsonIf you get arrested once, for instance, a sympathetic friend or liberal benefactor might be happy to make bail. The second time, maybe — depending on what kind of publicity is involved. But then on the third try when the reporters are tired of the story & besides it has since been brought out that you have two convictions for lice-carrying, then bail is a hell of a lot harder to makelike being drafted. You think [Mario] Savio’s name popped out of a hat? On the whole, the main reason I’ve been silent for so long is that I’m going into a kind of maddog funk after too many days with the Chronicle and the Examiner. And television, and radio — and random conversations. I have gone into a kind of karate tenseness; the supercontraction of all muscles so it won’t hurt when you’re hit. One technique I haven’t mastered as yet is the puffing up of the jaws to creat an air pocket around the teeth” Thompson then writes a long paragraph on the “nausea gas story – likely the gas explosion in Quebec that occurred in March 1965, writing about media censorship of it. He mentions “Carey McWilliams, edit editor of the Nation — for whom I just did a piece on outlaw motorcyclists” which would become “The Motorcycle Gangs: Losers and Outsiders”, published in the May 1965 issue of “The Nation”. He continues, In other words,’Who can afford to give a F? This marriage thing is not a killer in itself but in the small routines and trivial obligations that come with it. Besides that, I seem to be doing everything humanly possible to finish myself with booze and general physical abuse, pills, no sleep, etc. This Vietnam thing has driven me to the point of a continuing froth. I wrote Johnson, telling him to f himself and count me out under any circumstances — and although I already have one letter on file (to the AF) saying I would never again put on a uniform, that now I wanted to reiterate this feeling and especially to withdraw my application for the governorship of American Samoa since I felt I could under no circumstances serve this administration either at home or abroad. It was a serious letter, in all, bearing down heavily on my prior Dow-Jones affiliation so they couldnt write me off as a cloistered kook, and saying all any citizen would have to say in these times to get on all the wrong lists. When I go to vote theyll probably X me out, and the next time Johnson comes to SF I expect to be interred for the duration of the visit. What I want to do in the meantime is a story of some kind on the FBI. Sandy says this is a worthless electric typewriter, an ancient and discredited model. So much for the natural integrity of my friendly typewriter merchant. This is a royal example of the shit that is driving me wild, of the horrible predatory rot that pervades the whole system. Once you become conscious of itthen all manner of once-innocent and natural-seeming things begin falling into a pattern of imperialist savagery. But nowhere like on the TV screen. There is the furthest expression of the American dream. Like the Selma march, A TV spectacular — next summer well have Harlem Riots, presented by Monsanto Chemicals. I may be sick and a bit daffy, but something in me rebels at the idea of 500 or 5000 negroes kneeling on the streets of Selman, singing #’I love State Troopers in my Heart. I think this whole non-violent thing was planned from the start by Cardinal Spellman. Dont tell me you meant Swingers instead of hipsters, because here its all the same. In a nut, it is hip to be a swinger and Camp is in. They are slow at times, but they can afford the machinery to be very thorough in the long run. I suppose your suggestion would be that I paint a big sign and join some non-violent picket line ;but no thanks again. That is for people who feel guilty and I dont. I feel like Ive leaned on for a long time by people who dont even have to know my name and should probably have their fing heads blown off on general principles. I spent this afternoon watching a Karate class in action. In the past year it has suddenly dawned on my that people are goddamn dangerous. My good time badass faround is going out of style; the general threat and pressure of life in this country seems to be spawning its inevitable results — several’secret armies’ in Calif, a tremendous upswing all over the country in crimes of pillage, robbery and violence, cops with shotguns riding every subway in NYC between 8pm and 4am — that’s the truth — and an estimated 6 or 7 thousand working karate busters in the Bay area alone. This last is a frightening thing when you consider they are a vengeful lot to begin with and that they leave each lesson with a secret yearning for somebody to say something pushy to them. I know because I went to a bar with two of them afterwards and had to keep one little guy from chopping up an old man who had no idea in hell what he was dealing withbe careful who you snarl at in tavernsNY seems to be a peatbog of slow-heating violence, physical and otherwise. If and when I go back there I definitely mean to carry a small pistol and take my chances with the Sullivan act. I think there is a terrible angst on the land, a sense that something ugly is about to happen, an hour-to-hour feeling of nervous anticipation. Whether its the Bomb or a simple beating, you never know. In closing I remain, increasingly savage and unreasonable — HST, with Thompson circling his typed initials. Five page letter on five sheets measures 8.5″ x 11″. The item “Hunter Thompson 5pp. Letter With Handwritten Edits” is in sale since Wednesday, February 12, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs”. The seller is “n8sautographs” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Hunter Thompson 5pp. Letter With Handwritten Edits

Hunter S. Thompson 6 Page Handwritten Letter Signed

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Hunter S. Thompson 6 Page Handwritten Letter Signed
Thompson 6 Page Handwritten Letter Signed re African-American Slur at the End. The item “Hunter S. Thompson 6 Page Handwritten Letter Signed” is in sale since Saturday, February 1, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs”. The seller is “n8sautographs” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Hunter S. Thompson 6 Page Handwritten Letter Signed

HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed HAND WRITTEN Letter Personal from 1962 with coa

HUNTER_S_THOMPSON_Signed_HAND_WRITTEN_Letter_Personal_from_1962_with_coa_01_uavp HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed HAND WRITTEN Letter Personal from 1962 with coa
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed HAND WRITTEN Letter Personal from 1962 with coa
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed HAND WRITTEN Letter Personal from 1962 with coa
HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed HAND WRITTEN Letter Personal from 1962 with coa

HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed HAND WRITTEN Letter Personal from 1962 with coa
This is an original letter written by Hunter S. Thompson’s own hand (not a copy, it is the actual original only copy of this letter). Sanders who you may know has many of these type of letters for sale but very few that are hand written, mostly typed. This one is hand written and signed “H” at the end as Hunter often did in personal, hand written letters. This letter has great content in this personal letter to childhood and longtime friend Paul Semonin. Please excuse the glare as the document is in a heavyweight protector. The color on the sheet is consistent, it is just the shadow and glare. The item “HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed HAND WRITTEN Letter Personal from 1962 with coa” is in sale since Wednesday, October 23, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs”. The seller is “azironfurn” and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.
  • Autograph Authentication: Nate Sanders
  • Signed by: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Modified Item: No
  • Profession: GONZO Journalist
  • Original/Reproduction: Original

HUNTER S. THOMPSON Signed HAND WRITTEN Letter Personal from 1962 with coa