Decadent and Depraved

5 05 2012

Illustration by Ralph Steadman

The South is nothing if not a colorful place. We turn out colorful characters. While we’re proud of our prim and proper sons and daughters, what would the world be without the Hunter S. Thompsons?

Born in Louisville, it was only natural he would cover the 1970 Kentucky Derby with a story that marked the beginning of his infamous Gonzo style of journalism.

Of course, the article is less about the event itself as the cast that arrives each year to celebrate the most exciting minutes in sports. If any of you have been to the Derby, you know that it’s a tale of two levels — the infield and the grandstand.

We all know (and wish to be in) the grandstand. Ladies with hats, gentlemen in their finest. But there is some kind of party that takes place in the (usually muddy) infield.

If you’ve never had the chance to read the classic work, perhaps today before the race would be the perfect time. Then put on your best, pick out a horse, and behave yourself as if you’re in the grandstand, alright?




One response

7 05 2012
Ally Garner

Attending the Derby in the Grandstand is on my bucket list. I’m confident I can mark this event off once I hit the lottery 😉

In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying Thompson’s & Steadman’s worjk tonight before bed. Thanks for sharing! Hope y’all had a wonderful Derby Day. What a finish!!

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