From the second I saw the Ralph Steadman illustrations gracing the cover and littered throughout Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I knew I had found something special. They say to never judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it helps. I've had an immense admiration of Hunter S. Thomson since I first began reading that book. His writing style made reading it feel like listening to the drunken ramblings of your best friend (in a good way).
There's nothing I could say about him in this entry, that hasn't been said better. However, very recently and at a time when I desperately needed it, I came across his motivational letter to a friend. I know that I was not and am not the intended recipient of this letter. Yet, I never felt so much like the man himself was speaking to me directly.
In light of this, I have decided to begin this selection of writings as a tribute to one of my favorite authors. By mere chance, he gave me the kick in the ass that I so very much needed. I usually drink while I work, but tonight the whiskey can wait. I have a hell of a lot of work to do and ever shrinking hoops of fire to jump through.
Read the full letter here:
A man has to BE something