Collect Telegram from a Mad Dog

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Collect Telegram from a Mad Dog

750.00

Oakland Spider, 1965

Includes original poetry by Hunter S. Thompson

 

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A long poem by Thompson in a small magazine that was heavily involved in the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, and was also involved with CORE -- the Congress for Racial Equality -- in trying to organize blacks in Oakland to effect social change. The banning of Spider on the Berkeley campus in early 1965 became a cause celebre for the students and activists who comprised the Free Speech Movement -- one of the first in the long line of movements for political and social change that sprang up in the 1960s. One of the rationales for its banning was the use of the f-word in one of its articles. Needless to say, Thompson makes a point to use the word, more than once, in his poem. A scarce relic from a critical moment in the social unrest that became the counterculture, with Thompson present as a marginal but deliberate agitator. This is the only poetry we know him to have published. Small spot rear cover, mild edge-sunning; else fine in stapled wrappers.