His new novel is True Believers.
One of Andersen’s favorite ’60s books, as told to The Daily Beast:
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972)Read about another book on the list.
by Hunter S. Thompson
When I was 17, two years after Tom Wolfe had rewired my sensibility, Hunter Thompson provided a tune-up with his magical-realist chronicle of a journalistic expedition to Las Vegas to a) report on a National District Attorneys Association conference on drugs, and b) consume huge quantities of drugs (LSD, mescaline, cocaine, ether, etc.). Thompson went all in, and then further still. If Mailer embodied a certain Northeastern middle-aged male variant of the ’60s, Thompson was its iconic Western cowboy iteration. An inscribed copy of the book (like my copy of Catch-22, signed by Joseph Heller) is one of my treasures.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is among Samuel Muston's 10 best travel books and Willie Geist's six favorite humor books.