quarta-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2010

Hunter S. Thompson (1937 - 2005): Alcohol, hallucinogens, weed...

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
"Eu odeio recomendar drogas, álcool, violência, ou insanidade para qualquer um, mas isso tudo sempre funcionou comigo."

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream) (1971):
"We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive..." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"

"Anything that gets the adrenalin moving like a 440 volt blast in a copper bathtub is good for the reflexes and keeps the veins free of cholesterol... but too many adrenaline rushes in any given time span has the same effect on the nervous system as too many electro-shock treatments are said to have on the brain: after a while you start burning out the circuits. When a jackrabbit gets addicted to road-running, its only a matter of time before he gets smashed — and when a journalist turns into a politics junkie he will sooner or later start raving and babbling in print about things that only a person who has Been There can possibly understand."

"It was dangerous lunacy, but it was also the kind of thing a real connoisseur of edge-work could make an argument for... Separately, we might pull it off. But together, no — we would blow it. Too much aggressive chemistry in that mix; the temptation to run a deliberate freakout would be too heavy."

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