By Oscar Zeta Acosta;

Ahead of his mysterious disappearance and possible loss of life in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta used to be well-known as a Robin Hood Chicano layer and infamous because the real-life version for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo," a fats, pugnacious lawyer with a gargantuan urge for food for nutrition, medicines, and lifestyles at the edge.Written with uninhibited candor and manic strength, this booklet is Acosta's personal account of coming of age as a Chicano within the psychedelic sixties, of taking over most unlikely circumstances whereas breaking all tile principles of court docket behavior, and of scrambling headlong looking for a private and cultural id. it's a landmark of latest Hispanic-American literature, instantaneously ribald, surreal, and unmistakably genuine.

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A big, thick-armed marine sergeant in his dress blues came up and asked me if I wanted to help him with these two broads he'd just picked up. 1 naturally nearly busted my pants hurrying them into his car. We stopped at a liquor store and Maria asked him for money to get some booze for her pad. Then the redhead hit him for some bread to get some Chinese food. Maria told him to wait in the car and grabbed my hand. The poor sap sat there like a Boy Scout in his dress blues. But instead of walking into the liquor store, Maria pulled me into a telephone booth and put it straight, "Listen, man.

Maryjane was made of cotton candy. She wore rings of emerald and ruby glass. She and Bertha had seen me through the worst of my blue television period, taking me to all the swingers' bars in the Montgomery Street district and holding to me tightly when 51 men tried to take them away. We'd gotten drunk so many times that most of the crew at JJ's thought I was sleeping with both of them. The truth of the matter was we were sleeping together. Stoned drunk, late at night we'd pass out in whoever's bed happened to be handy.

A Whiter Shade Of Pale"? I'm caught up in a fog full of crazy pills. The man says something about blessed virgins and cartwheels cross the floor. Do 1 hear those words? I admit I cannot understand them. But is he really saying those things? Jesus, maybe 1 overdid it. "And of course there's Pauline to consider," my shrink says from the back seat. "Oh, fuck off. This is serious," I tell him in my most serious tone, while my rib cage is strapped with hot cords. I strain to hear every word that Moose on KYA tells me are being sung by a deep mystery called Procol Harum.

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