31 October 2009 Fear & Loathing at the Post Office?
The queue at the Capitol Hill Post Office in the 400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue is long enough to warrant leaving and coming back during my pre-iPhone days, which ended on my birthday a little over a week ago. Now, I don’t mind waiting in line, and blogging the experience in real time —
The married Boomer couple behind me is restless, iPhone-less. “This is bullshit,” mutters the mister. “Yes it is,” agrees the missus.
In the epilogue to Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, the great Hunter Thompson writes that the book is a failed experiment in Gonzo Journalism, which he describes as a first-person journalistic recorded in writing, drawings, recordings, etc., as it happens. Thompson’s failed experiment is a fine American tale; but in our current iPhone era, Gonzo Journalism is at last an actionable method.