The Doctor’s Orders


“Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ‘the rat race’ is not yet final.”

– ‘The Great Shark Hunt,’ 1979

“We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear—fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a Terrorist sympathizer.”
— ‘Extreme Behavior in Aspen,’ 2003

“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says, ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.”

– ‘The Proud Highway,’ 1959

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Buy the ticket, take the ride.”


“Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.”

“At the top of the mountain, we are all snow leopards.”

– uncited attributions to Dr. H.S.T.

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