Sunday 4 February 2007

Hunter S. Thompson interview with Vanity fair

Vanity Fair: Which Historical figure do you most identify with?

HST: Marquis de Sade

Vanity Fair: Which living person do you most admire?

HST: Richard Nixon – despite rumors of his death.

Vanity Fair: What is the trait you most deplore in others?

HST: Greed and dumbness.

Vanity Fair: What is your greatest extravagance?

HST: The money I spend on the physical love of animals.

Vanity Fair: What is your favorite journey?

HST: Racing the stoplights on Park Avenue in a fast car at four o’clock in the morning.

Vanity Fair: What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

HST: Moderation

Vanity Fair: On what occasion do you lie?

HST: To the police

Vanity Fair: What is your greatest regret?

HST: The destruction by greedheads of the once honorable Woody Creek Tavern.

Vanity Fair: If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

HST: To get rid of my evil son.

Vanity Fair: If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

HST: I have no choice (and neither do you). I have been here many times for many reasons and I will be here after you leave. I am Lono.

Vanity Fair: Where would you like to live?

HST: In the Place of Refuge on the south Kona coast.

Vanity Fair: What is your most marked characteristic?

HST: A tortured, honky-tonk smile.

Vanity Fair: Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

HST: Dracula.

Vanity Fair: Who are your heroes in real life?

HST: Hal Haddon [lawyer, Gary Hart’s campaign manager], Morris Dees [civil-rights activist], Nina Hartley [porn star], Jacques Cousteau [undersea explorer].

Vanity Fair: How would you like to die?

HST: Explode

Vanity Fair: What is your motto?

HST: “Res Ipsa Loquitur”

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