I have picked "Watership Down" for the next book club book. I read it in a weekend and I found it to be much more violent than I remember it being when I was 10 or 11.
Right now for fun I'm coding a Java program that will embrace text in .xml tags. I haven't been reading HST for a while. Interestingly, my friend who is also reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is starting to have doubts about enrolling for grad school at the Humphrey Center School of Public Policy. She is concerned about how Hunters S Thompson portrays The Hube. I've been beginning to question the love and respect that Minneapolis holds for HHH as well. It is really creepy that everything seems to have an HHH prefix if he was not the nice decent guy that everyone except HST thinks he was. I feel like he bamboozled the populus.
What ever happened to Gene Pokorny? He is described in Fear and Lothing on the Campaign Trail '72 as a brilliant, young campaign organizer. He coordinated the McGovern victory in the Wisconsin primaries with a bunch of kids from all over the country living in a warehouse in Milwaukee.
I googled him this week and found that the only Gene Pokorny on the Internet is a tuba player for the Chicago Symphony.
Campaign organizer turned tuba virtuoso?
So I started reading that Hunter S. Thompson book into my cassette recorder and 30 pages took up about the whole first side. I might have to rethink this. At this rate, I would need 8 tapes. I suppose that I could provide them in serial format.
As a slow reader, I myself am only in late March of the campaign year. I'm having trouble deciding what is a fantastic imagination or an acid trip. I tend to go with fantastic imagination. The picture quality of the early seventies makes everyone look dirty, greasy, and sickly. Frank Mankiewiez (sp?) looks especially ill.
I started to read this aloud because I knew that the only way that my dad would be able to find out about what was actually in it would be from what he heard from CNN, Fox News, and random people on the Greyhound.
I think that I will do the recommendations at the very least since they seem to be talked about the most by public figures.
I have been thinking about reading books aloud into a tape recorder for my dad who hasn't been able to read for a while now. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail sounds like a good candidate for this but it is rather long and HST uses a lot a Capitalized Terms that I'm not sure how to express verbally. Maybe these are terms that aging Baby Boomers and their ilk will be able to recognize as emphasized without my Phil Hartmanish voice highlighting them.
The first few chapters of this book have quite a few similarities to the situation of this year's election: a war that was lied about, Democratic senators running for nomination who did not vote against the war (who would blame them, according to HST the two senators who voted against Tonkin lost their senate seats), Republicans with a confidence that seems unfounded appealing to a Silent Majority, and an elusive Youth Vote of the After Shock of the baby boom.
I am optimistic that Kerry seems a bit more substantial than McGovern and he is willing to tout his military service.