The Vancouver Sun has posted an extract from a collection of Hunter S. Thompson‘s correspondence. It’s an unsolicited application for employment, written in 1958, long before Thompson developed his gonzo style and reputation.
“Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews.
I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don’t give a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations.
I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.
It’s a long way from here to British Columbia, but I think I’d enjoy the trip.
If you think you can use me, drop me a line.
If not, good luck anyway.
Sincerely, Hunter S. Thompson”
Hunter S. Thompson’s brutally honest Canadian job request, Andrea Woo, Vancouver Sun
Shame they didn’t take him up on the offer.