Dose of Dr. Gonzo

“Fear is a healthy instinct, not a sign of weakness. It is a natural self-defense mechanism that is common to felines, wolves, hyenas, and most humans. Even fruit bats know fear, and I salute them for it. If you think the world is weird now, imagine how weird it would be if wild beasts had no fear.”

-Hunter S. Thompson-

Authors on Graveyards

Six Bearers of Wisdom

• “Every heart has its graveyard.” -Zora Neal Hurston-

• “As we go on with our lives we tend to forget that the jails and the hospitals and the madhouses and the graveyards are packed.” -Charles Bukowski-

• “Many a fervid man writes books as cold and flat as graveyard stones.” -Elizabeth Barrett Browning-

“Graveyard on a Foggy Day”

• “Man is the only religious animal. In the Holy task of smoothing his brother’s path to the happiness of heaven, he has turned the globe into a graveyard.” -Mark Twain-

• “Politics can be the graveyard of the poet. And only poetry can be his resurrection.” -Langston Hughes-

• “Cemetery, n. An isolated suburban spot where mourners match lies, poets write at a target, and stonecutters spell for a wager.” -Ambrose Bierce-

-K-

Wisdom of William S. Burroughs

Selected Quotes from Junky

• “Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.”

• “Well, you have to expect to take some chances when you’re using junk.”

• “You’re bound to get some good breaks if you stick around long enough.”

• “I don’t spot junk neighborhoods by the way they look, but by the feel….”

Junky by William S. Burroughs

• “A sick junkie has no escape from external time, no place to go.”

• “No one knows what junk is until he is junk sick.”

• “A junky spends half his life waiting.”

• “Junk is an inoculation of death that keeps the body in a condition of emergency.”

-K-

Bad Medicine: Self-Medication Mix Tape

  1. “Cocaine”–Eric Clapton

2. “Hurt “–Johnny Cash

3. “Methamphetamine”–Old Crow Medicine Show

4. “Junker”–Hugh Laurie

5. “Old Fashioned Morphine”–Jolie Holland

“Picking Tunes”

6. “Snowblind Friend”–Steppenwolf

7. “Heroin Addict Sister”–Elizabeth Cook

8. “Hotel California”–Eagles

9. “My Morphine”–Gillian Welch

10. “Nothin'”–Townes Van Zandt

-K-

Dose of Dr. Gonzo

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

-Hunter S. Thompson-

Vanishing Acts

Movies That Feature Vanishing

Gone Girl (2014)

Winter’s Bone (2010)

Blue Velvet #1
Blue Velvet (1986)

Frantic (1988)

Breakdown (1997)

Vanishing Point (1971)

Brick
Brick (2005)

Flightplan (2005)

The Vanishing (1988)

Hollow in the Land (2019)

-K-

Authors on Vanishing

Five Pieces of Fleeting Advice

• “There was not a moving up into vacated places; there was simply an anachronistic staying on between a vanishing past and an incalculable future.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald-

• “I should like to tidy things up and disappear.” -Virginia Woolf-

Demolition #4 (#130-editj20.214)
“Demolition”

• “Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.” -H.G. Wells-

• “I do have a sense, and I’ve never not had it, of how easily things can vanish.” -Doris Lessing-

• “Plunder, v. To take the property of another without observing the decent and customary reticences of theft. To wrest the wealth of A from B and leave C lamenting a vanishing opportunity.” -Ambrose Bierce-

-K-

Dose of Dr. Gonzo

“I had come regard him as a loner with no real past and a future so vague that there was no sense talking about it.”

-Hunter S. Thompson-

Black Coffee and Cigarettes: The Mix Tape

1. “Coffee Girl”–The Tragically Hip

2. “Smoke Rings”–Sam Cooke

3. “Cigarettes and Coffee”–Otis Redding

Red Cup (Optio-edit)
“Red Cup”

4. “Rum in My Morning Coffee”–Jan Smith

5. “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray”–Patsy Cline

6. “Don’t Smoke in Bed”–Nina Simone

Apt. Cigarette Break (edit)
“Cigarette Break”

7. “Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild Wild Women”–Jim Croce

8. “Coffee Blues”–Lightnin’ Hopkins

9. “Never Get Out of These Blues Alive”–John Lee Hooker

-K-

Authors on Coffee and Cigarettes

A Nickel Worth of Wisdom

• “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it a thousand times.” -Mark Twain-

• “I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.” -T.S. Eliot-

• “A cigarette is the perfect type of perfect pleasure. It is exquisite and it leaves one satisfied. What more can one want?” -Oscar Wilde-

Break in the Cold (P7000-editj17.132)
“Break in the Snow”

• “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?” -Albert Camus-

• “That’s what I do: I make coffee and occasionally succumb to suicidal nihilism. But you shouldn’t worry-poetry is still first. Cigarettes and coffee follow.” -Anne Sexton-

-K-

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