Morris’ multimedia tribute to Thompson

Jun 08, 2018
“RoadBabe” Eva Morris

Camden — The downtown Camden Public Library presents “Ode to Hunter S. Thompson,” a sight-and-sound documentary and essay homage to American author Hunter S. Thompson, on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m.

The evening begins with a documentary exploring Thompson’s many contributions to decades of culture. In the second half of this literary event, visiting author Eva Morris will read excerpts from the essay “Ode to Hunter S. Thompson,” an interview he commissioned that became his last before his death in 2005. The reading will be followed by a brief Q&A.

Thompson wrote for the New York Herald Tribune, National Observer, The Reporter, The Nation and Spyder magazine, the voice of the Free Speech movement at Berkeley. His “The Rum Diary” was written first, but “Hells Angels,” published in 1967, brought him to the attention of The New York Times Book Review. In 1969, Scanlon’s Monthly commissioned Thompson to write one of his most popular short stories, “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.”

In 1971, Rolling Stone magazine published “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in two issues; it was then published in book form by Simon & Schuster and was later adapted for film. Many other pieces followed. Thompson lived at Owl Farm, a fortified compound outside Aspen, Colo. He continued to publish essays and was a sports-writer for ESPN.com.

Morris is the author of the RoadBabe series of road trip adventures, a genre Thompson would call Fiction/Non-fiction Reality. After three self-published short story compilations, Grove Press founder and Evergreen Review Editor-in-Chief Barney Rossett compiled a full anthology of all her short stories in 2000’s “RoadBabe!”  Her short stories were also featured in a Simon & Shuster “Best Of” compilation. Morris has long published “Blonde Updates from the Open Road” stories and adventures, which are mailed regularly to her subscribers; and recently finished a novel, “Adventures of RoadBabe,” from which “Ode to Hunter S. Thompson” is excerpted.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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