Hunter S. Thompson on the Sixties

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” ‘KILL THE BODY AND THE HEAD WILL DIE.’  This line appears in my notebook, for some reason.  Perhaps some connection with Joe Frazier.  Is he still alive?  Still able to talk?  I watched that fight in Seattle–horribly twisted about for seats down the aisle form the Governor.  A very painful experience in every way, a proper end to the sixties: Tim Leary a prisoner or Eldridge Cleaver in Algeria, Bob Dylan clipping coupons in Greenwich Village, both Kennedys murdered by mutants, Owsley folding napkins on Terminal Island, and finally Cassius/Ali belted incredibly off his pedestal by a human hamburger, a man on the verge of death.  Joe Frazier, like Nixon, had finally prevailed for reasons that people like me refused to understand–at least not out loud.”

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