"Let’s assume that you think you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let’s assume that you can’t see any real purpose in any of the eight. THEN— and here is the essence of all I’ve said— you MUST FIND A NINTH PATH."
This is just one of many useful tips offered by a young Hunter S. Thompson in a 1958 letter he wrote to his friend. You can read the letter at Open Culture. It's also in the excellent book, Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience.'
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A holiday letter to John Wilcock from Hunter S. Thompson (written exactly fifty years ago this week!) – Describing Thompson’s intentions to run for sheriff of Aspen and Joe Edwards’ nearly successful run for Mayor. Read John’s previous encounter with Hunter here. From John Wilcock, New York Years, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. (See […]
A spirited conversation between Hunter S. Thompson and John Wilcock. From John Wilcock, New York Years, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. Look for a holiday follow-up to this story in December, detailing “How the Freaks Almost Took the Town”. (See all Boing Boing installments)
Open Culture collected videos of the four times Hunter S. Thompson appeared on David Letterman, ranging from 1987 to 1997. I saw Thompson speak at live events a few times during this era, and he was usually mumbling and incoherent. He’s much sharper and funnier in the videos. In the clips here, you can see […]
If you’re routinely prone to being stressed out, hurried or generally made out-of-sorts by the hectic pace of the world and life changes, then…yikes. We don’t envy what you must be going through these days. Right about now, even the most zen and centered among us are bound to be feeling some level of anxiety […]
So…exactly how many times a day are you singing Happy Birthday to your sink? Unless you’re among the most germaphobic among us, it’s unlikely you ever thought the simple act of handwashing would start to take on such a central role in our daily lives. Of course, with all the touching and such, bar soap […]
Paralysis by analysis. It’s the phenomenon that happens when you’re so stuck on thinking through all the ramifications of your actions that you don’t actually take action in the first place. That can happen with all this free time you’re spending stuck inside your house. With literally every home-bound option available to you, it’s easy […]