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Jun 08, 2019 23:56:24

Gonzo

by @gabrielgreco PATRON | 214 words | 🐣 | 100💌

Gabriel Greco

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I fuckin' love gonzo. Nothing gets me pumped like reading some outrageously transgressive shit. Sex? Check. Violence? Check. Drugs? Check. Depravity? Check. Obviously it's not just those things. But it sounds a lot like it's those things. Or, at least, it rhymes likes those things.

I remember reading Henry Miller's Quiet Days in Clichy.  Small book, insignificant in many ways, yet not at all. You should read it. That man could write. I first read The Colossus of Maroussi, that's where I found out about him as a writer, but the Clichy stories, that was Gonzo. 

He talks about fucking hookers, about eating leftovers out of the garbage, about helping his friend get out of trouble with an underage girl. He also talks about traveling to Luxembourg and generally living the starving artist lifestyle. It's a proper intro to Gonzo, yet it is still highly literary.

Bukowski? He just didn't give a fuck. HST? He invented the term, but I'm still always going to go back to Miller on originality. There's a reason his books were banned back when they were initially published. Plus, he could write. It wasn't sensationalism. 

But the real reason I love the style is that it's raw and it's honest. It's a perfect first draft, unedited and ugly, but...perfect. 

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    @gabrielgreco thanks for the new author recommendation. Never heard of miller.

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 21, 2019 03:51:33
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      @abrahamKim Try Quiet days in Clichy. It's so short and so well written. You'll get the gist and then you'll want more.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 22, 2019 21:44:29
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    @gabrielgreco when I hear Gonzo I think H S Thompson. I'll have to think a moment about including Miller. Thanks

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | Jun 10, 2019 10:52:17
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      @mikebyrnes I wrote about it sometime ago, but that Hunter piece about the Kentucky Derby is one of my favorites pieces of writing of all time.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jun 10, 2019 21:56:30
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