Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson

Stories I Tell Myself Growing Up with Hunter S Thompson Hunter S Thompson smart hillbilly boy of the South born and bred in Louisville Kentucky son of an insurance salesman and a stay at home mom public school educated jailed at seventeen on a bogus

  • Title: Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson
  • Author: Juan F. Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780307265357
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hunter S Thompson, smart hillbilly, boy of the South, born and bred in Louisville, Kentucky, son of an insurance salesman and a stay at home mom, public school educated, jailed at seventeen on a bogus petty robbery charge, member of the U.S Air Force Airmen Second Class , copy boy for Time, writer for The National Observer, et cetera From the outset he was the Wild MHunter S Thompson, smart hillbilly, boy of the South, born and bred in Louisville, Kentucky, son of an insurance salesman and a stay at home mom, public school educated, jailed at seventeen on a bogus petty robbery charge, member of the U.S Air Force Airmen Second Class , copy boy for Time, writer for The National Observer, et cetera From the outset he was the Wild Man of American journalism with a journalistic appetite that touched on subjects that drove his sense of justice and intrigue, from biker gangs and 1960s counterculture to presidential campaigns and psychedelic drugs He lived larger than life and pulled it up around him in a mad effort to make it as electric, anger ridden, and drug fueled as possible Now Juan Thompson tells the story of his father and of their getting to know each other during their forty one fraught years together He writes of the many dark times, of how far they ricocheted away from each other, and of how they found their way back before it was too late He writes of growing up in an old farmhouse in a narrow mountain valley outside of Aspen Woody Creek, Colorado, a ranching community with Hereford cattle and clover fields of the presence of guns in the house, the boxes of ammo on the kitchen shelves behind the glass doors of the country cabinets, where others might have placed china and knickknacks of climbing on the back of Hunter s Bultaco Matador trail motorcycle as a young boy, and father and son roaring up the dirt road, trailing a cloud of dust of being taken to bars in town as a small boy, Hunter holding court while Juan crawled around under the bar stools, picking up change and taking his found loot to Carl s Pharmacy to buy Archie comic books of going with his parents as a baby to a Ken Kesey Hells Angels party with dozens of people wandering around the forest in various stages of undress, stoned on pot, tripping on LSD He writes of his growing fear of his father of the arguments between his parents reaching frightening levels and of his finally fighting back, trying to protect his mother as the state troopers are called in to separate father and son And of the inevitable of mother and son driving west in their Datsun to make a new home, a new life, away from Hunter of Juan s first taste of what normal could feel like We see Juan going to Concord Academy, a stranger in a strange land, coming from a school that was a log cabin in the middle of hay fields, Juan without manners or socialization going on to college at Tufts spending a crucial week with his father Hunter asking for Juan s opinion of his writing and he writes of their dirt biking on a hilltop overlooking Woody Creek Valley, acting as if all the horrible things that had happened between them had never taken place, and of being there, together, side by side And finally, movingly, he writes of their long, slow pull toward reconciliation of Juan s marriage and the birth of his own son of watching Hunter love his grandson and Juan s coming to understand how Hunter loved him of Hunter s growing illness, and Juan s becoming both son and father to his father .

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  • Let me first say that the this book appeals to me as a Hunter S. Thompson fan. People who aren't fans of his books may not find the story as compelling.I miss Hunter S. Thompson. There is no one writing today who can talk about ugly realities the way he did. He is often quoted by the drug crowd as saying, "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." After reading this book I think its clear that they really didn't. His last few years he [...]


  • Juan Thompson’s memoir is a testament to his father, Hunter S. The son can write. He delivers a good book and the two good speeches contained in it. The book is on par with acclaimed writer Philip Roth’s ode to his father: Patrimony – or at least as how I remember it after 20+ years.It comes as no surprise that Hunter Thompson was an absent parent and an abusive husband. His alcohol and drug fused narratives clearly come from experience. Despite his parents’ addictions, messy divorce and [...]


  • Even for the average child, it seems impossible to plumb the depths of our parents' lives. Just who are those mysterious individuals -- independent from our life, that is? Then imagine that your father is the famous (some would say, infamous) Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. If it defies the imagination to consider him a parental role model, you're on the right track with this memoir of his only son, Juan.Not many of us have nearly the issues of fame and outlaw living to deal with in our own [...]


  • If you know HST and wonder what was missing from the dozen or so biographies and published stories and accounts, once you read this firsthand memoir from his son you'll realize his was the voice that was missing from the picture. If you don't know HST but you know difficult narcissistic abusive alcoholic chemically dependent artist parents, famous or otherwise, then this is a beautiful story of trying to live under the shadow of one. Juan tries to balance the private distanced troubled father he [...]


  • This book suffers from a fundamental misapprehension. If you write a memoir about your life with Hunter S Thompson, NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU! I'm happy that he has come to terms with the life and death of his mercurial father, but I was really hoping for more insight and detail beyond the fact that HST was distant and volatile, he drank a lot and took a lot of drugs, he liked guns and, oh yes, he wrote pretty good.


  • A well put together portrait of a complicated man and his relationship with his son. Juan Thompson did his own narration for the audiobook, which I appreciated. I saw Hunter Thompson speak when I was in college (though he was really late) and didn't get the best impression of him, though he was someone I admired. It was interesting to get more of a comprehensive idea of what he was really like.


  • Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson shows the complex relationship between Hunter and his son, Juan. Hunter was a writer and much more. Although he loved his son very much, didn’t have much time to spend with him. Juan shares stories from his childhood that involve his father, showing the kind of person his father was and how he changed as Juan grew up. It also shows how their relationship evolved over time, and how Juan’s image of him improved as he learned more about [...]



  • I knew HST killed himself with one of his beloved guns when his son and grandson were in the house for a visit. It happened in the semester I had a newly-obsessed student in my class. My student went out and bought the ROLLING STONE edition and we talkedhe had a hard time balancing his love of HST's work, and the burden he placed on his son and grandsonI can still remember those conversations, deeply grounded in what we knew about the author himself.So, this audible, read by Juan, was something [...]


  • Disclaimer: I received this ARC as part of the First Reads programJuan Thompson’s memoir of being Hunter’s, as he calls his father throughout, son, is aptly titled. It does indeed read like an ongoing story where the author searches for and repeatedly tries to convince himself of his father’s love. Thompson does not romanticize or gloss over his father’s legendary substance abuse, nor does he make excuses for his father’s abominable parenting. He reassures the reader that the way he w [...]


  • Five stars for content, minus one star for organization. I will consume pretty much anything that has to do with Hunter Thompson - if his publisher decided to be a greedy bastard and start putting out scanned copies of his grocery lists, I'd read them. So when this book came out I couldn't wait to start reading, and Juan did not disappoint. I feel a little bad for the guy because the world is forcing him to live in his father's shadow, writing tell-all books about his own childhood, but at the s [...]


  • From the memories and words of Hunter S. Thompson's son, comes Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. ThompsonThis book shares the deepest secrets, darkest moments, and the challenge of learning to love a father that seems near impossible to love.Hunter S. Thompson has always been one of my favorite writers, and a person that I will always admire. His son, Juan F. Thompson gave us all a beautiful and rare gift, a look at Hunter and his life from the inside.Read this book.In the words o [...]


  • Hunter S. Thompson is my favourite writer, so I was very excited to read this book. It didn't disappoint. Hunter's son, Juan, did a superb job detailing his relationship with his father, which allowed me to get a better understanding of the man. If you're looking for a comprehensive biography of Hunter, read something else (I'd recommend Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson). But if you're already familiar with his life and work, this book serves as a really valuable add on. It was very sad at [...]


  • I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I don't think I'd be that into Juan's writing style if he wasn't writing about growing up with HST but he put the book together well and the books rings pretty honest, at least as honest as a single person's perspective can be no matter how much they try to look broadly. It's some decent writing, but I have to admit that HST is still the main reason I'm interested. I don't think I can help that.


  • A very intimate account of Juan Thompson's tumultuous relationship with his father Hunter and worth a read for any Gonzo enthusiasts or anyone interested in well-written memoir. He pulls back the curtain on Hunter's public persona giving readers an honest telling of his father's faults and his desire to make up for them in his own way. Borrowing from the author, I will say it is a book full of humor and pathos.


  • A pretty unique perspective on Hunter S. Thompson from his son. A must for every HST fan, but fans of his writing (like me) may find yourselves less of a fan of HST the man.


  • Stories that invoke anger, laughter, and tears. Wonderful insight to a side of Hunter S. Thompson's life that cannot be found in his published writings.




  • This is by Juan Thompson, who is Hunter Thompson's son. If you don't know who Hunter Thompson is, one reference is the character "Duke" on Doonesbury comics, who was a caricature of Thompson. He was a writer, first a journalist. He wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He was a bigger than life man. Lets leave it at that so we can review the book. Juan does an excellent job of writing about his relationship as a son to his father. He does the same with his father to himself. I found two paragrap [...]


  • I read this book not because I was a Hunter Thompson fan, but because I wondered what kind of father he could have been. The answer: not great. But if you're expecting Juan Thompson to whine and moan about his childhood, you'll be disappointed. At no time did I feel he was blaming his father or making excuses. He simply stated things as they were, the drug use, drinking, long periods of absences, unpredictable moods. But it's clear he admired his father's work, and gives a great insight into his [...]


  • Hunter Thompson is a hero of mine. His wisdom helps me when nothing else does. I have always honored his words and believe that they bear repeating to all generations. That being said, I have long been aware that Hunter Thompson the person and Hunter Thompson the writer were not necessarily equally enjoyable fellows. Living with Hunter could be a nightmare at times. Juan Thompson’s book gives us a glimpse of what it was like to grow up in the shadow of Gonzo and how he came to terms with the w [...]


  • Probably a more intimate and realistic portrait of HST than the ones more concerned with selling copy based on his public personna. Many people in the same age brackets of the two of them will find parallels in the generational differences and the conflicts inherent therein.The book is well written but feels brief, as you find yourself racing ahead to dig up the next revealing exposition of an obviously awkward relationship.


  • I found it interesting. Not particularly enlightening, but still interesting. I think it's more a testament to familial relationships in general than insight into Hunter. I'm part of a family that "accepted the things we cannot change" and also -ultimately- ended up better off that way.It's not a route that all families can take, but I found that aspect extremely relatable which brought me closer to Juan and his story.


  • insightful. I think perhaps I expected more, but I can imagine what it takes for a non-professional writer with an IT background to write a masterpiece revolving around such a miasma of personal turmoil.


  • An enlightening, sad, and poignant look "behind the curtain" of one our most recognizable authors. Though readers relished the crazy adventures of Hunter S. Thompson, this book shows how that persona affected those around him. Worth the read.


  • I didn't know a lot about his dad (other than What I saw in Doonesbury.) The book is clearly important and cathartic to the author. At time I felt like a voyeur not my favorite, skipped around a bit


  • Very interesting book. Highly recommended if you are a Hunter S. fan. The contrast between Juan and Hunter is amazing and intriguing. Two seemingly polar opposite individuals. Great perspective of Hunter from his son.


  • You have to get into rhythm with this one. Not the easiest one to get through as Juan more concentrates on his feelings rather than stories he remembers and wants to tell.



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