Friday, 25 December 2015

I am a vagrant journalist

#HunterSThompson


1960's America
The term Vagrant Journalist was coined by the writer Hunter S. Thompson  http://www.biography.com/people/hunter-s-thompson-9506260 to describe the journalists who populate the periodicals in the hope of getting a break. 

This story is set in the pre-Lyndon Johnson era, in San Juan  http://www.topuertorico.org/city/sanjuan.shtml at the time Fidel Castro was throwing Americans and other non-Cubans out of the Cuba. Not long after this time, JFK almost took the world to war over the Bay of Pigs incident, this could have been a reason for his assassination http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/the-november-plan_28.html#.Vn1I4lWLTnA

Popular as his public persona was, his political stances were becoming a security risk to the USA, something had to be done before he brought the world to an end. Who killed JFK? We'll never know for certain  http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/there-is-no-curse.html#.Vn1JwlWLTnA

Mr. Thompson is known for his book about the pre-Nixon era http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/fear-and-loathing-in-las-vegas-19711111. A book that is written in a style called Gonzo Journalism  http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/may/20/gonzo-journalism-cities-tribes-ethnographer-hunter-s-thompson, a style he not only created but mastered. In this style of writing, the writer put himself in the story and mixes fact and fiction to bring his story to life.

Like many #indie writers, I am hoping for a break. I doubt it will happen as the big six publishing houses still control the presses, even if more writers are breaking away every year.

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