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GalleyCat Movie Theater

That’s an encore presentation of GalleyCat’s video about Hunter S. Thompson and Puerto Rico–where the young journalist wrote his novel, “The Rum Diary.” Actor and director Johnny Depp is currently adapting the book.

Every week GalleyCat editors produce a number of literary web videos, a bookish collection of author interviews, features, and book trailers. To help readers check out the content, we will occasionally feature some of the best content in the GalleyCat Movie Theater for your weekend viewing pleasure.

Last month, GalleyCat correspondent Jeff Rivera went backstage at the Literati-A-Go-Go! party. This month, Ron Hogan caught up with science fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin for an exclusive interview about her work. To see more GalleyCat literary videos, follow this search link.

Hunter S. Thompson Travel Agency

Actor Johnny Depp is reportedly docked outside of Puerto Rico on a 156-foot yacht, shooting an adaptation of the Hunter S. Thompson‘s novel, “The Rum Diary.”

During a recent trip to Puerto Rico, one GalleyCat editor re-read the book and explored vintage footage of the island. This video essay retraces Thompson’s footsteps around 1959, when he struggled as a reporter at a Puerto Rican newspaper–long before his famous drug-fueled reporting during the late 1960s and 70s.

Literary Traveler describes the period: “Puerto Rico was like another West, where people dreamt of staking out a piece of paradise and getting rich. Young Hunter S. Thompson tried to get a job at The San Juan Star, but was rejected by the editor, William Kennedy, who went on to become a successful writer and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Ironweed. (Despite rejection, the two remained lifelong friends.) Still desperate to get down to San Juan, Thompson accepted a more dubious position at El Sportivo, a fledgling English weekly about sports.”

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