Remembering Hunter, by Paul Krassner

Dec 15, 2014 by

Remembering Hunter, by Paul Krassner
Miami Book Fair 1988

Miami Book Fair 1988 -Courtesy MDA Archives

When Hunter Thompson’s first book, Hell’s Angels, was published in January 1967, I assigned him to write for The Realist a behind-the-scenes article about his promotional tour. He was broke, so I paid him $200 in advance, and I offered to send him some LSD if it would help. He replied, “You can send me some acid to help me level out. And I’ll send you a dozen just-born marijuana weeds. You can plant them in Central Park.” On a visit to New York in February, Hunter arranged for me to meet him and his copy editor, Margaret Harrell — an attractive redhead, smart and witty — for dinner. Apparently I forgot her name, so it’s possible that I called the publisher and asked for the name of the copy editor. In March, I sent her this letter: Dear Barbara, If you ever decide to try LSD, this is just to offer my services as guide. Incidentally—no, not incidentally — you are one of the most delicious females I’ve ever seen, and since there was already a mild establishment of intellectual rapport, I feel compelled to state my — to de-ulteriorize — my motivation. I would like to make funny, passionate, friendly, cosmic, absurd love with you. Ho hum. I think I’ll attach a questionnaire with this. It is not a form letter, by the way. —Paul

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