Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.— Hunter S. Thompson
Charming Gonzo Journalism quotations
Courage is telling our story, not being immune to criticism.
So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
Writing is the flip side of sex - it's good only when it's over.
I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes.
Buy the ticket, take the ride.
I'm a relatively respectable citizen. Multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous.
Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat sh** and die.
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold.
Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning.
I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me
Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Most people who deal in words don't have much faith in them and I am no exception.
Gonzo journalism is a style of reporting based on William Faulkner's idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism...
But then just days after it came out, I began to get calls and letters from all over the country saying what a fantastic breakthrough format in journalism. I thought, Jesus Christ . . . I guess I shouldn't say anything. In a way it was an almost accidental breakthrough --- a whole new style of journalism which now passes for whatever Gonzo is . . . accidental and desperation.
Anyone that is able to put a high school film and gonzo journalism together, it's like, "Yes, please!"
Because the writer must be a participant in the scene, while he's writing it — or at least taping it, or even sketching it. Or all three. Probably the closest analogy to the ideal would be a film director/producer who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least a main character.