Cheryl Della Pietra spent a few months in 1992 as the editorial assistant for Hunter S. Thompson, the gonzo journalist and literary icon. Her main job as an assistant was to get Thompson through his day and make sure he was sitting in front of the typewriter by 2 AM to work on his novel,Polo Is My Life.
(Note:Polo Is My Life was unfortunately never published. After all of these new works from Harper Lee, Dr. Seuss, and F. Scott Fitzgerald – think we’ll ever get this “new” Thompson?)
Della Pietra’s debut,Gonzo Girl, is a fictionalized account inspired by her time as Thompson’s assistant.
Gonzo Girlappealed to me specifically because in eighth grade I insisted on focusing my journalism class project on Hunter S. Thompson, the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,The Rum Diary,Hell’s Angels, and countless…
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