FRIENDS AND/OR ENEMIES OF HST
last updated January 10, 2000
This section used to be part of Better Than Search.com, but it soon
grew into a page of it's own, and I can always add more, as you can see.
If you think I've missed a friend and/or foe (it's hard to tell - ie, Nick Proffitt)
email me. It could be that I just haven't gotten around to adding that
person. NOTE: Some of these people HST did not meet, but are associated or were an influence on him.
OSCAR Z. ACOSTA
HST's sidekick and best friend, some say HST's writing started to lose it after Oscar disappeared mysteriously. TGTH is home to the
most comprehensive and illustrated webpages about The Brown Buffalo.
One of Ginsberg's poems was used in Hell's Angels. The two remained good friends, and Johnny Depp
read a memorial from HST at Ginsberg's funeral in 1997.
William S. Burroughs
Although not really considered a beat, Burroughs' experimental style and friendships with beat authors often puts him
in this category. HST wrote an obituary for WSB when he died in 1997 that appeared in Rolling Stone.
Neal Cassady was the "naked poet and protaganist of several recents novels" who heckled the cops at La
Honda in Hell's Angels. His name was deleted at the insistence of publisher's lawyers.
HST is often compared to Kerouac, although he was not a strong influence on HST.
HST met Ken Kesey prior to bringing the Angels over to La Honda. HST was a fan of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
and impressed by Kesey's writing.
While HST doesn't believe in the "acid trip guru thing", he experimented with LSD and was very good friends with
Tim, writing Mistah Leary, He Dead, which originally appeared in the letters section of RS. Leary died of cancer in
OTHER LITERARY FRIENDS
The author of Legends of the Fall and several other important American works, he resides on a farm
in Michigan. A lifetime outdoorsman and shunner of fame :-) Contributer to
Hunter by E. Jean Carroll.
Editor of Ramparts, Scanlan's Monthly and The Argonaut. Journalistic roustabout and
Legendary literary lion and participatory journalist, he sat next to HST on the plane to the Rumble in the Jungle
and endured many weird episodes later on while visiting HST in Florida. Paper Lion and Shadowbox
are must-reads for gonzo fans. Synonomous with The Paris Review.
Ever courteous and respectful, HST befriends politicians only to later roast them in his writing. Frank Mankiewicz and George
McGovern stand out as being good friends; Richard Nixon doesn't really count, although HST rode with him once in a limo;
HST claims James Carville tricked him into writing Better Than Sex.
The world lost this literary carouser to cancer a few years back, but he is certainly not forgotten, Dabbling in writing
and film, Southern wrote the script for The Loved One and was even on the cover of Sgt. Pepper (yep!)
Be sure to check out his wild and erotic death fantasy in George Plimpton's Shadow Box.
HST's best friend. Click on the link above for TGTH's definitive pages on Ralph and his many talents.
Most people who read HST also read Kurt Vonnegut, and Jerome Klinkowitz
can give you many reasons why the two are similar. Vonnegut wrote a critique of Campaign Trail and was also
present at the Rumble in the Jungle.
PETER O. WHITMER
The author of Aquarius Revisited and
When the Going Gets Weird was quite chummy with HST.
A friendship that needs no explaining, many feel that HST was Jann's patsy.
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