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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

July 18th, 2002

American gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, 1972) is born in 1937 in Louisville, Ky.

Hunter S. Thompson, b. July 18, 1937, d. 2005

The first, and perhaps last, Gonzo journalist got famous during a time when a drug-taking, alcoholic, paranoid, gun-obsessed weirdo could be seen as an entertaining adjunct to the psychedelic generation of the Sixties. Thompson’s honesty was admirable, but will his books still be read when people stop believing (if they ever do) that self-destructiveness is courageous?

Suggested Reading Books Hells Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, 1967. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1971. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, 1972. Gonzo Papers, 1979-94. The Rum Diary, 1998. Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century, 2003.

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