Monday, January 26, 2015

De-evolution

This is your MoDo on drugs

De-evolution

Hunter S. Thompson in GONZO: THE LIFE & WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Hunter S. Thompson in GONZO: THE LIFE & WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

1971

 We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive..." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"

-- Hunter S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

2014

But then I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn’t answer, he’d call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy.

I strained to remember where I was or even what I was wearing, touching my green corduroy jeans and staring at the exposed-brick wall. As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.

-- Maureen Dowd, today's New York Times.

We're moving backwards, people. Also, what are green corduroy jeans?

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