Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Hunter S. Thompson was (or is? I'm not sure if he is actually dead) a fascinating cultural anthropologist and he writes about the humanity and complexity of this outlaw biker gang. The book is definitely a rough and the language is a bit much for my sensitivities at times but it's interesting none the less. I think my favorite part of the book is actually when he describes the madness that occurs in his apartment when he isn't riding with the Hell's Angels. He is a madman for sure but his dedication to truth and art are admirable. He takes you on an intriguing trip with rebels and explores their true motivation and their relationship with their bikes. His wit is biting, his predictions uncanny, and his writing refreshing.


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