If this is all true, we have to ask: how did Hunter S. Thompson live as long as he did?
Author E. Jean Carroll recently made her biography of Thompson available for free online, and it contains this passage about Thompson’s daily routine:
I have heard the biographers of Harry S. Truman, Catherine the Great, etc., etc., say they would give anything if their subjects were alive so they could ask them some questions. I, on the other hand, would give anything if my subject were dead.
He should be. Oh, yes. Look at his daily routine:
3:00 p.m. rise
3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills
3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill
4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill
4:16 orange juice, Dunhill
5:11 coffee, Dunhills
5:30 more ice in the Chivas
5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.
6:00 grass to take the edge off the day
7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jiggers of Chivas.)
9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously
10:00 drops acid
11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass
11:30 cocaine, etc, etc.
12:00 midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write
12:05-6:00 a.m. Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.
6:00 the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo
OK, beyond the obvious “how was he alive,” we have a few questions:
- How much did Thompson spend on cigarettes per day?
- Did he do this exact amount every single day, or were the variations?
- Did Carroll actually witness this, or are we trusting the word of someone who has “cocaine” on his daily schedule 11 separate times?
- Why did he love fettucine alfredo so much?
There’s plenty more we would like to know too, but sadly we will likely never find out due to the tragic end to Thompson’s life in 2005. Still, at least now we know what the legendary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author used to do for his meals: