Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Hunter Thompson speaks at American University, autumn 1975

(That's me, in the audience, front row, far right)

Hunter Thompson wrote Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, one of the greatest road books of all time.

On writing and sex

“Writing is the flip side of sex—it's good only when it's over.” 

On distraction

“No music + Bad TV = Bad mood & no pages.” 

--from a sign that hung in his home (via PR Daily

On (blown) deadlines

“Every deadline was a crisis … No doubt it has something to do with a deep-seated personality defect, or maybe a kink in whatever blood vessel leads into the pineal gland … On the other hand, it might easily be something as simple and basically perverse as whatever instinct it is that causes a jackrabbit to wait until the last possible second to dart across the road in front of a speeding car.” 

--from “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ‘72” 

On the pains of editing 

“One of the advantages of being dead, I guess, is that somebody else can edit all this.” 

--from a 1997 interview with The Atlantic 

On the importance of research 

“No honest writer, for instance, would validate—with his byline—a third-hand account of a Scottish gamekeeper who claims to be a werewolf. You’d have to confront the man (assuming he’s alive), and get a fix on his head by discussing other things.” 

--from a letter to Playboy editor John Grabree, Sept. 16, 1967

On the allure of writing 

“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I'm not sure that I'm going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says 'you are nothing', I will be a writer.” 

--from “Gonzo” 

On the importance of language 

“I think the trick is that you have to use words well enough so that these nickel-and-dimers who come around bitching about being objective or the advertisers don't like it are rendered helpless by the fact that it's good. That's the way people have triumphed over conventional wisdom in journalism.” 

--from a 1997 interview with The Atlantic 

On the personal benefits of writing 

“I find that by putting things in writing I can understand them and see them a little more objectively ... For words are merely tools and if you use the right ones you can actually put even your life in order, if you don't lie to yourself and use the wrong words.” 

--from a letter to Larry Callen, July, 14, 1958 (found in the collection of his early letter, “The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman)” 

On the literary muse

“Events of the past two years have virtually decreed that I shall wrestle with the literary muse for the rest of my days. And so, having tasted the poverty of one end of the scale, I have no choice but to direct my energies toward the acquisition of fame and fortune. Frankly, I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left me.” 

--from a letter to Arch Gerhart, Jan. 29, 1958 (found in the collection of his early letter, “The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman)” 

On the pains of being a writer 

“The only other important thing to be said about “Fear & Loathing” at this time is that it was fun to write, and that's rare—for me, at least, because I've always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it's a bit like f*cking—which is fun only for amateurs. Old whores don't do much giggling. Nothing is fun when you have to do it—over and over, again and again—or else you'll be evicted, and that gets old.” 

--from The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time 

Monday, February 9, 2015


Solvang is not a Danish theme park, but an actual town designed by Dane immigrants who wanted to feel at home.

Word is, Solvang is going the way of Los Olivos,  characterized to us as "Las Vegas for winos."

Property prices in Solvang are steeply rising as young retirees from Beverly Hills compete to buy new homes in the contemporary housing developments that continue to proliferate.

Sadly, the traditional shops and eateries of old Denmark are getting transformed into flashy wine-tasting emporiums...


Seems like 3:03 a.m.

Only 9:03 p.m.

Beats Montecito, which closes at 9:17.

ROOT 246

The Corque's world-class restaurant.


Sophistication comes to Solvang.



Picking up supplies, along with olive oil and balsamic vinegar at nearby Global Gardens.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


The Wine Saloon is located in The Union Hotel, established 1880, when the West was wild.

You can't have a saloon without a saloon nude.


No finer way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sipping six varieties of wine poured by Anglebaby.


Los Alamos a.k.a. "Little LA" (now that certain Hollywood celebs have discovered it).

Near Zorro country.

A late lunch:  their rotisserie porquetta sandwich served with pickled cauliflower, and a complimentary taster of Foxen chenin blanc.



Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Made in Italy by Campomaggi.

Large enough for a 15-inch Mac and assorted folios and notebooks plus multi-pockets for easy access to essential power cords and gadgets.

Sunday, February 1, 2015