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East Bay Lights
by Robert Maxim (Montrealization [at] gmail.com)
Tuesday Apr 6th, 2021 7:27 PM
A recitation of the Wave speech from Hunter Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Nothing further needs to be stated if you know about it, but for those who do not, this is perhaps the most beautiful introspective bits in contemporary writing. I took another hit off the amyl, and my heart sang with pure joy.
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Let me tell you about the fucking golf shoes :

“My central memory of that time seems to hang on one or five or maybe forty nights – or very early mornings – when I left the Fillmore half-crazy and, instead of going home, aimed the big 650 Lightning across the Bay Bridge at a hundred miles an hour wearing L. L. Bean shorts and a Butte sheepherder’s jacket... booming through the Treasure Island tunnel at the lights of Oakland and Berkeley and Richmond, not quite sure which turn-off to take when I got to the other end (always stalling at the toll-gate, too twisted to find neutral while I fumbled for change)... but being absolutely certain that no matter which way I went I would come to a place where people were just as high and wild as I was: No doubt at all about that. There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda... You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning. And that, I think, was the handle – that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting – on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark – that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”

by Robert Maxim
Tuesday Apr 6th, 2021 7:37 PM
For Keith Hollis, for reasons that need not be explained here. Miss you bro.

For Hunter. Thompson, who embraced his disorders.
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