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He was a self-confessed freak, a maniac, a drug fiend greatly enamored with guns, whiskey, and quantities of hallucinogens that could knock out entire metropolises at a time. Today, we’re speeding into ten lesser known facts about Gonzo himself, Hunter S. Thompson.

Old Mr. Flood

This is by Joseph Miller, the New Yorker columnist who specialized in long-form journalism. Old Mr. Flood is a 93-year-old seafood lover who refuses to reconcile himself to the inevitibilty of death.

Mr. Flood snorted again. "Oh, shut up," he said. "Damn your doctor. I tell you what to do. You get right out of here and go over to Libby's oyster house and tell the man you want to eat some of his big oysters. Don't sit down. Stand up at that fine marble bar they got over there, where you can watch the man knife them open. And tell him you intend to drink the oyster liquor; he'll knife them open on the cup shell, so the liquor won't spill. And be sure you get the big ones. Get them so big you'll have to rear back to swallow, the size most restaurants use for fries and stews; God forgive them, they don't know any better… And don't put any of that red sauce on them, that cocktail sauce, that mess, that gurry. Ask the man for half a lemon, poke it a time or two to free the juice, and squeeze it over the oysters. And the first one he knifes, pick it up and smell it, the way you'd smell a rose, or a shot of brandy. That briny, seaweedy fragrance will clear your head; it'll make your blood run faster. And don't just eat six; take your time and eat a dozen, eat two dozen, eat three dozen, eat four dozen. And then leave the man a generous tip and buy yourself a 50-cent cigar and put your hat on the side of your head and take a walk down to Bowling Green. Look at the sky!  Isn't it blue? And look at the girls a tap-tap-tapping past on their pretty little feet! Aren't they just the finest girls you ever saw, the bounciest, the rumpiest, the laughingest? Aren't you ashamed of yourself for even thinking about spending good money on a damned doctor?"

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