10.12.2006

My new mantra

The (publishing) business is a cruel and shallow money trench. A long plastic hallway where pimps and thieves run free and good men die like dogs. There is also a negative side.
--Hunter S Thompson

12 comments:

Dan Lewis said...

There's a Camper van Beethoven song called "The Long Plastic Hallway". Here is a show where they play it. It's tracks 17 (an explanation) and 18 (the song).

Camper van Beethoven has some of the same people as Cracker. This recording of the song doesn't have great sound; there are better shows by the same band (and many others) elsewhere in the Live Music Archive.

S William said...

Amen to Hunter.

SAND STORM said...

He had a way didn't he!

From last December
http://sandstormauthor.blogspot.com/2005/12/without-hunter-this-christmas.html

Ray Goldensundrop said...

Heh, gotta love a guy who used to shoot his typewriters, computers too I suppose. Not many writers get to be an actual character in the funny papers either.

Scattered ashes by cannon, perfect.

snarkaholic said...

No different than any other business.

This is what our system produces. If we let it.

Anonymous said...

The last shot he fired was probably his best.

Kellie said...

As true as it is, this quote has been altered from its original wording and used to describe a host of businesses, from music to show business. The original quote is from Mr. Thompson's 1988 book, "Generation of Swine", and reads:

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

Feisty said...

I think I'll put that on my monitor where I can always see it.

magz said...

Ah My Dear Snarkturian!
Gotta love a lady who 'gets' HST.
My own mantra also came from him,
"The only people who understand The Edge.. are those who've gone over it"

You have my vote for Supreme Empress of the Universe, Miss Snark

wd verf; ijeoheg. One of HST's milder curses

Anonymous said...

Oh gawd. This is too perfect, too funny, too wonderful.

Thank you, Miss S, for brightening a gloomy day....

-Just Me

Ilya said...

There is a nice article about this quote and urban legends that grew around it.

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/dubiousquotes/a/hunter_thompson_2.htm

Ilya said...

Attempt number two. For some reason it cut the url off:

Hunter Thompson: Where Thieves and Pimps Run Free