Thursday, December 22, 2022

Top ten books about hellraisers

David Fleming has been an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a journalist, whose articles have appeared in the Guardian, Independent, The Telegraph and the Mail of Sunday.

His new book is Hellfire: Evelyn Waugh and the Hypocrites Club.

At the Guardian Fleming tagged ten notable books about hellraisers, including:
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

The two gonzo antiheroes start as they mean to go on, loading the trunk of their convertible with enough drugs and drink to knock out the US navy. It’s a grotesque fantasy, a savage, rage-fuelled, at times extremely funny 100 mph rollercoaster “Journey into the dark heart of the American dream”. And a lament for the failure of the consciousness-expanding hippie dream. What Ornette Coleman is to Dizzy Gillespie, this book is to Burroughs and the Beats.
Read about another entry on the list.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is among Kurt Andersen’s five favorite ’60s books, Samuel Muston's 10 best travel books and Willie Geist's six favorite humor books.

--Marshal Zeringue