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Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride is a 75 minute film documenting Hunter S. Thompson's life and death, focussing mainly on his relationships with Hollywood celebrities and other public figures. In 8 parts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
posted by hippybear (19 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite

 
HST: The New American Archetype.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 1:33 PM on March 18, 2012


The title is what Megan McCain wanted to tattoo on her body. I swear I'm not taking a cheap jab at her. Its true.
posted by karathrace at 2:08 PM on March 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now I feel cheap for knowing that.
posted by karathrace at 2:11 PM on March 18, 2012


I can think of at least one HST title that would've been more suitable for someone from the McCain lineage to get tattooed for forever on their body: Generation(s) of Swine.
posted by item at 3:15 PM on March 18, 2012


.... someone from the McCain lineage ... get tattooed for forever on their body: Generation(s) of Swine.

Do you know anything about Megan McCain? Wikipedia:
McCain also has described herself as a Republican who is "liberal on social issues".[3][8] She registered as an Independent when she was 18 years old[1] and she voted for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.[8] She agrees with her father's positions on global warming and stem-cell research.[3] At first she had doubts about the 2003 invasion of Iraq but subsequently supported her father's position regarding it.[3] She has stated she is pro-life,[9] in favor of sex education and birth control.[10] She has chastised conservatives for hypocrisy regarding abortion: "They go on and on about how evil and wrong abortion is, but don't like to talk about how easy it is to not get pregnant."
Really not my positions, but do you seriously think this women deserves to be called "swine"?
posted by benito.strauss at 3:52 PM on March 18, 2012 [8 favorites]


Really not my positions, but do you seriously think this women deserves to be called "swine"?

To be fair, those are the positions McCain has stated in public, along with plenty of other liberal ideals (pro-gay marriage). I think thats great, except that she claims to be "Red till I'm dead, baby". Seems kinda odd that someone who claims to have the same social values as those espoused by the Democrats and no opinions on the economy is a card carrying Republican.

Who deserves to be called swine? I don't know. But I don't understand why someone would support a party that is contrary to the ideals they hold in public.

"In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely."
-HST
posted by karathrace at 5:13 PM on March 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


HST died too soon.
posted by Sailormom at 5:29 PM on March 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


According to the documentary, he died exactly when he wanted to, and even felt he'd overstayed his time on the planet.
posted by hippybear at 5:43 PM on March 18, 2012 [3 favorites]


"How easy it is to not get pregnant"?
posted by box at 6:36 PM on March 18, 2012


Just started making my way through the YouTube links. They don't make 'em like Hunter anymore, do they?
posted by spoobnooble II: electric bugaboo at 6:50 PM on March 18, 2012


the title is what Megan McCain wanted to tattoo on her body.

I think I'm gonna be sad. I think it's today, yeah.
posted by octobersurprise at 7:21 PM on March 18, 2012


[Turning this completely unrelated thread into a "Republicans are bad" rant is really, really not cool. Please stop. ]
posted by restless_nomad at 7:36 PM on March 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


[mentally composing response to karathrace — read restless_nomad's mod — okay, this thread's not the place to have this debate]
posted by benito.strauss at 7:55 PM on March 18, 2012


[think it's more likely been turned into a referendum on Ms. McCain's judgement when it comes to getting a tattoo. Which isn't at all cool. The tattoo, that is.]
posted by octobersurprise at 8:00 PM on March 18, 2012


Gonzo fist/knife logo thingy, that's the default HST tattoo.
posted by box at 8:42 PM on March 18, 2012


While HST wanted to die earlier, many of his fans selfishly miss having his voice grace our landscape.

Thanks for this, I look forward to watching!
posted by handbanana at 8:56 AM on March 19, 2012


Gary Busey is awesome.
posted by Chuffy at 2:14 PM on March 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Gary Busey is awesome.

Yeah, I had no idea his bit about wanting a kiss and being lonely was an ad lib.

Although I have to admit, given the chance, I'd ad lib a request for a kiss from Johnny Depp too.
posted by hippybear at 5:48 PM on March 19, 2012


Coming in late to say thanks, hippybear. Loved the doc, and it's inspired me to reread Fear & Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72. Looking forward to seeing what it has to say, 40 years on, about the current political circus.

Reading the opening chapter, I'm already struck again by just how gifted a writer Thompson was (and how often this gets forgotten when the spectacle of his life is discussed). The opening chapter of F&L '72 has these protracted asides about the behaviour of jackrabbits and this incident en route to DC where he picks up a couple of young freaks whose car has died on the Penn Turnpike.

As a reader, you might start to wonder what the hell the point is. But then by the time you get to DC with the good doctor, you're nervous and twitchy, looking for bad craziness in hedges, on street corners. Exactly as he wants you to feel. Brilliant foreshadowing, delivered in a loose rambling style that looks so effortless it inspired a thousand third-rate imitators but no equals.
posted by gompa at 9:10 AM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


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