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"alright im sorry to be that guy, but this is simply not true. this comes from E. Jean Carroll who imo wrote the worst of HST biographies of all time. while hunter totally refused to speak with her she just spoke to associates, friends and acquaintances. and while she was not getting the stuff she was looking for she nvented a hunter who never existed. someone bigger then life who could deliver the stories she was looking for. but nothing of that stuff is true.
i was a long time reader of anita thompson owl farm blog. this entry reminded me, after a long time, to check it out again. sadly i couldnt find it. (im tired and lazy and did a half assed google search only). but that blog was truly great for every fan of hunter.
she would speak very hornestly about him and released small bits of his text, or would hint out great articles or passages of his books. some of the text bits were even unreleased i think.
she also answered a lot of the most frequented questions and one of them ofc was: how high was he during his writing?
and as far as i can recall she said he never wrote high. he sometimes tried. ( and there are hilarious pieces of text about him, writing on mescaline, where he was suprised how well he could spell stuff. all that was on the blog) sometimes he would write high, especially in the early years, but he had to put to much work in it, the day after, because most of the time it was pure horseshit. anita thompson said, he worte his best stuff in the last years of his life and everything was written completly sober.
while he still was a notorious drugfiend and an addict in the time between the deadlines. but also that he had that image pressed onto him if he wanted it or not. he also had sometimes the feeling he had to life up to that image. he was a strange man for sure, but i believe he was so so much more than just the raging addict.
and in all seriousness, its also nothing funny. i joked and glorified his behavior too in my younger years. later i made my own experiences. and years later you will look back and understand that, while its fun at the time, you lose something you will never get back. losing this naivety and gaining this new carving never known before is something most dont speak about. sure you can control and suppress it. but it will never go away again."