GonzoSchmest, Gonzo Days and the Interview with Clayton Luce
GonzoToday publisher Clayton L. Luce answers a few questions about GonzoToday, GonzoFest, and reports of bats being forced into indentured servitude.
By: C.A. Seller
C.A .Seller: By your own admission you are an Adventurer, Mystic, Magician, Lover, Artist, Writer and Fool as well as a Master Apprentice at the School of the Inner Circle. Is it true you are also Executive Publisher of Gonzo Today or do wish to invoke your Fifth Amendment Rights?
Clayton Luce: All of these things may be true. It’s hard to say, really. There is a strange reality to everything that just makes it all more confusing. So enough of that gibberish. As for the publisher title I do my best not to be executive at all and that was actually an addition to the title that I amended to make my call-sign initials more balanced. The other way was too top-heavy. Besides you have to sound official in order to deal with certain types of Bastards.
CA: Having grown up without shoes, how did a young Clayton Luce come to know Hunter S. Thompson?
CL: Well, I did have shoes from a rather early age. In fact, I had an early pair cast in brass, but they have long since been melted down. I came to know him through the Johnny Depp portrayal I suppose. That was my first intro to his work because I grew up in a wealthy, religious home and being an avid reader I used all forms of youthful skill and treachery to acquire copies of Hunter S. Thompson’s work, which often became accessible in places like youth homes for boys, jail cells and on the bookshelves of lifelong dope fiends that would buy liquor for young punks with $5 and a cigarette. I have always been drawn to the written word, both as a writer and an avid reader, and Hunter’s work was a sharp blade cutting through much of the traditional bullshit that I was force-fed as a young man. It was a brutal and unrelenting sort of honesty that I could relate to, along with a sense of rebellion and the Outlaw Spirit. And there was the prophecy element, but that is another matter altogether.
CA : You tried law school, how’d that work out for you? How did that experience shape the man we know today?
CL: I attended Mercer University where I took up pre-law and political science as my course studies as the first step to law school. I came from an old privileged family and it was just sort of expected that I go to school and do something prestigious or philanthropic in order to look respectably busy as I grow old and die. It was a miserable experience, full of mindless, self absorbed intellectuals and ego driven maniacs that have convinced themselves of every illusion and self deception to justify essentially preying off of the broken, corrupted and downright filth ridden system we call American Law. Old families eventually buy into their own bullshit and that’s when you get Nazis. I wash my hands of it. The biggest thing I learned is that knowledge, wisdom and experience are far more valuable in life than formal education. I was much further ahead than many of my professors in terms of a political mind and understanding of why people act the way they do and how to work that, but because they are tasked with repeating knowledge and imparting theories, opinions and historical “facts.” School is for people who want to fit into the world, not those who want to build new ones. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. If I had it my way schools would still resemble apprenticeships under the participatory study of the masters. Of course then you’d have to actuallyhave masters. That’s where we failed a long time ago. Now we just have a bunch of pompous bigoted assholes handing out Master’s degrees instead. Master’s of what, I wonder? Certainly not me. I’d kick them in the balls.