It’s interesting to compare Charles Bukowski and Hunter S. Thompson. They have a lot of similarities as well as differences.
Both came into prominence through the ’60s counterculture press. Bukowski writing a column for the Los Angeles underground newspaper Open City in the late ’60s. And Thompson writing for Rolling Stone magazine in San Francisco a couple years later.
Both would become just as famous (and notorious) for their larger-than-life personas, as they would for their writing. Both were kind of self-styled “outlaws.” Both were famous for their chemically-altered states: Bukowski, mostly on booze; Thompson on booze and a wide variety of drugs. Both were macho kind of “man’s man” writers, reveling in booze, broads and barroom brawls. Both had an affinity for violent sports: Bukowski as a boxing aficionado, and Thompson with his love of football.
Both were wildly admired by Hollywood actors. Johnny Depp became close friends with Thompson…
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