Tales From the Bitface (Posts about HST)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:58:01 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssScrewjack by Hunter S Thompson (Books 2016, 15)https://devilgate.org/blog/2016/11/20/screwjack-by-hunter-s-thompson-books-2016-15/Martin McCallion<p>Long-time HST readers like me will be familiar with this title. It always appeared on the dust jacket or inside the book in the list of other books by the author. But you never saw it anywhere. Back before Amazon, when bookshops were still a common haunt (and dinosaurs roamed the Earth), you used to look all over the shop for Thompson’s work, because it was rarely consistently filed. That is, not every bookshop put it in the right section. After all, what is the right section? History? Sociology? Politics?</p> <p>Really, the right section is probably “Journalism,” but most bookshops don’t (or didn’t) have such a section.</p> <p>Anyway, it turns out that <cite>Screwjack</cite> wasn’t journalism, but fiction, and in any case was a limited-edition release of only a few hundred or so, and when the web and eBay came along, copies used to go for hundreds of pounds or dollars.</p> <p>Sometime after he died it got a proper release, and I finally got round to buying it. It’s a slim, small-format hardback, containing three stories. And I’ve got to say that just a few weeks after reading them, they’re almost totally unmemorable. So maybe there was a good reason for not releasing them properly all those years.</p> <p>Oh well. One for the completists.</p> book notesBooksbooks 2016HSTHunter S Thompsonhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2016/11/20/screwjack-by-hunter-s-thompson-books-2016-15/Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:56:04 GMT