Doomed Love at the Taco Stand by Hunter S. Thompson
TIME asked HUNTER S. THOMPSON, a former copyboy here who went on to an even more exciting career as a gonzo journalist, to report from the set of the movie being made of his 1971 book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in which Johnny Depp plays Thompson and the author appears in a cameo role. Thompson, who this year published a volume of collected letters called The Proud Highway, ended up taking Depp’s car and checkbook on a romantic adventure. Fasten your seat belts…
A Mission Gone Wrong by Matthias Schwartz
Overseas, the U.S. approach to drugs still looks a lot like war. The D.E.A., assisted by the U.S. military, acts as an international police force, coordinating with foreign militaries through a network of offshore bases. Operation Anvil, like many of its predecessors, combined the legal framework of a police action with the hardware and the rhetoric of war. Honduras is often referred to as “downrange”; drug traffickers are “the enemy”; the Mosquito Coast is a “battlespace.” What is remarkable is how many times the U.S. has tried such militarized counter-narcotics programs and how long it has been apparent how little they amount to.
Collected by photographer Dan Giannopoulos
“For the past year, I have collected discarded drug bags from the streets of South London in order to map public drug consumption in the capital. These bags are not only interesting pieces of miniature street art that most people will pay little to no attention to but they also carry the uneasy trace of an illicit activity. The pinpoints of dependency, of criminal transactions, of ways of life that are often well hidden. They are unseen events made visible.
These are a small selection of the near 150 bags I have mapped so far. My family are disgusted with me.”
A collaboration between Hunter S. Thompson and Thomas W. Benton in 1970-1971. The two-sided posters were used for Thompson’s campaign run for Sheriff of Piktin County, Colorado in 1970, and featured art by Benton and writing by Thompson outlining his platform.
If Hunter S. Thompson had been elected, changes would’ve included:
- Legalization of drugs on a recreational basis (although profiteering dealers would be prosecuted harshly.) Thompson did make a concession on the drugs issue – he promised that if elected, he would not eat mescaline whilst on duty.
- “Rip up all city streets with jackhammers and sod the streets at once.”
- Change the name Aspen to Fat City. This would prevent greed heads, land rapers, and other human jackals from capitalizing on the name ‘Aspen’. These swine should be fucked, broken, and driven across the land.”
- It will be the general philosophy of the sheriff’s office that no drug worth taking shall be sold for money. My first act as sheriff will be to install on the sheriff’s lawn a set of stocks to punish dishonest dope dealers.”
A Brief History of Cocaine by Richard J. Miller
Both the Pope and France’s chief rabbi endorsed Vin Mariani, a concoction of Bordeaux and cocaine. It sold well
Infinite Line of Coke by Pure Evil
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