John & Carrie wrote:
> Does anyone consider Hunter S. Thompson as within the hard boiled tradition?
> Someone recently maintained to me that he was, I disputed it, but I'm not
> entirely sure. For one thing, his work is not fiction (although that's open
> to question, isn't it?). Second, his potpourri of drug-induced horros
> doesn't seem very hard-boiled to me.
Well, I suggested that Thompson's hilarious "Fear and
Loathing in Las Vagas" should be included in any list of
modern hardboiled books. If hardboiled is, as I keep
contending, an attitude, Thompson's stuff has attitude to
spare. As to whether "Las Vagas" is fiction, Thompson himself
claims it is because he'd be crazy to admit that he actually
committed all the felonies recounted in that book.
And what about Thompson's "Hell's Angels"? A classic piece of
reportage, not filled with drug induced horrors, but
Do we exclude books from our lists just because they're
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