Fear and Loathing (and Reading) at the Hotel Jerome...
By: Andrew Travers, Time Out Staff Writer
Friday, July 13, 2012

Curtis Robinson got to know Hunter S. Thompson by reading the author’s work aloud, in the kitchen of the literary legend’s Woody Creek home.

Robinson, a journalist and former editor of the Aspen Daily News, recalls being part of the “reading team” that went through scores of boxes of Thompson’s correspondence from the gonzo journalist’s early years, culling them for publication in what would become 1997’s letters collection, “The Proud Highway.”

Thompson called the marathon reading sessions “a forced march through the past,” Robinson recalls, wading through teenage love letters, fierce responses to bill collectors from HST’s days as a struggling young writer, along with erudite correspondence about literature and politics.

“Reading his work out loud was a tremendous way to learn his sensibilities,” Robinson says.

Great literature, read aloud, may actually have been the favored mind-altering substance in Thompson’s substance-friendly kitchen at Owl Farm. Immortal prose stylists like Coleridge, Fitzgerald and the like were his favored selections for readings, along with his own work.

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Hunter Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas takes over Aspen Saturday
By: Josiah Hesse

"Hunter [Thompson] was always asking me and other people to read his work aloud," remembers  Matt Moseley, friend and fellow freedom fighter with Thompson in the controversial Lisl Auman case. "He wrote his work to be read aloud. When he was working on a new piece he'd say, 'Read a couple of paragraphs, I want to hear how it sounds.'" And in honor of what would have been Thompson's 75th birthday, Moseley and the rest of the team that produced the Gonzo funeral in '05 are reuniting for an unabridged reading of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Saturday afternoon at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. "This will be the Ironman of readings," he promises.

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Matthew relayed with his cousin across Lake Pontchartrain to help rebuild the New Canal Lighthouse in early May

"And he lowered himself into the water. A free man.
A proud swimmer striking out for a new destiny."
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer

Matthew made the first swimming descent of the Colorado River through Canyonlands - a distance of 47.5 miles in 16 hours 50 minutes over two days. His swim was among the 10 biggest adventure moments of 2006 according to the Rocky Mountain News.

He has also competed in numerous open water championships. He placed third in the Open Water National Championships 10K (6.2 miles) at Horsetooth Resevoir. He also swam at the FINA World Championships in San Francisco.

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Moseley and Mangum Complete Lake Pontchartrain Swim

On Thursday, April 23, 2009, Glynde Mangum and I completed our swim of about 9 miles in 4 hours and 35 minutes from the Old Canal Lighthouse past Pontchartrain Beach and back again in New Orleans. We raised funds to restore the landmark Old Canal Lighthouse. You can check out the swim on ABC 26 News. Also see New Orleans Gambit.

It was just after dawn when Coco Robicheaux leaned over the side of the boat, dipped his Bloody Mary in Lake Pontchartrain and took a sip. He ran his hand over the pistol holstered on his belt and chanted "Stroke! Stroke!" like an over-motivated swim coach.

Open Water Championships
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Swimmer
By Richard Martin, 8-14-06

And they thought Lord Byron was brave.

Long-distance, open-water swimming -- an athletic pursuit that, to say the least, doesn't receive a lot of press attention in this country -- will experience a surge in visibility in two years at the Beijing Olympics, which will include a 10-kilometer open-water swim championship. In advance of that event, the solitary pursuit of open-water swimming held one of its biggest annual events last Saturday: the 10K national masters championship at the Horsetooth Reservoir, near Fort Collins.

The Horsetooth Open Water Swim has been going on since 1999, when 15 hardy men and women crawled, dog-paddled and breaststroked the 6.2-mile course in 68-degree water. This year more than 90 swimmers completed the course. The winning time (turned in this year by Brooks Felton, who at age 20 was ineligible for the masters' championship) has dropped by almost 18 minutes in the race's seven years.

One of the swimmers at Horsetooth was Boulder resident Matthew Moseley, a Friend of New West who is also a former statehouse operative and a current marketing executive in Denver. I've swum some workouts with Matt, and what he lacks in world-class speed he makes up for in smooth form and just plain doggedness. Or "fishedness."

"I grew up in the Louisiana bayou country. Water is our source, our spirit, it's everything to us," Moseley tells the Daily Camera's Clay Evans. "I wanted to be part of the water, a full creature of the water, not just looking at it from a boat, or splashing around, but really immersed in it."

Moseley was referring not to his swim at Horsetooth (in which he finished 15th overall and 3rd in his age group) but a much more prodigious feat: a 47.5-mile swim down the Colorado River from the Moab boat ramp to the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers in Canyonlands National Park. Supported by a crew of four, who rotated swimming with him and paddling a raft, Moseley completed that swim in just under 17 hours, spread over two days last month. (That's about 2.8 miles an hour, if you're keeping score.) According to the National Park Service, no one else has made that swim in recorded Colorado River annals.

The records of outdoor feats are filled with gratuitous and glory-seeking stunts -- first man to crawl naked across Antarctica, first double-amputee to summit Everest while eating a beef burrito, and so forth -- but Moseley apparently swam the Colorado out of purer motives: the river's there, and he wanted to swim it.

Next can only be a full headwaters-to-Gulf descent of the entire 1450 miles of the river. C'mon, it'll only take you 65 days at 8 hours of paddling a day -- How 'bout it, Matt?