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Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

HellsAngelsI just finished reading Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson wrote Hell’s Angels during 1965 and 1966, and is probably best known as the author or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was published in 1972. He popularized a style of journalism known as “gonzo journalism” where the author participates in the story, writes in first-person narrative, and frames himself as the protagonist. Gonzo also tends to be rather satirical in tone.

I ran into this book on a friend’s reading list and thought it sounded interesting, so I decided to dive in for myself. It’s a well written book with a sort of meandering style that doesn’t always progress linearly. Thompson essentially befriended the angels and hung out with them for around a year as he wrote this book. He didn’t actually become a Hell’s Angel, and the gang knew he was a journalist, but he seems to have acquired enough rapport to have written accurately. It reads like a pop culture, anthropological sketch.

I knew going into this book that the angels were infamous, but I’ll admit that some of the details were more raw than I expected. To be perfectly clear, I didn’t expect rape to play such a large role in the story. Drugs, law-breaking, motorcycles, sex––I knew they would all likely play a part––but Thompson’s account of rape is uncomfortable to read.

Nevertheless, this is an enthralling book that captures a splice of 1960’s American counter-culture in page-turning fashion. From Memorial Day rides with hundreds of angels, to theories about the gang’s origins, to the wider culture’s varied reaction to the angels, Thompson captures that 1960’s American culture that I’m fond of reading about. The narrative about the angel’s interactions with Allen Ginsberg is especially interesting. The only part of the story that’s missing would have been an account of the Altamont festival, but that didn’t occur until 1970. Bummer.

 

4 out 5 black cups of coffee.
1st book of 2016.
Read with Caution.

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I’m Going to Tokyo

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Friends & Family,

I wanted to take a minute to tell you about an exciting trip that I’ll be taking in May.

As most of you know, I’m now serving at Resonate Church in Nashville, TN as the Director of Equipping and Communication. Magen and I absolutely love being part of the Resonate family and we truly feel like we’re “home.”

One of the things we’re especially excited about this year at Resonate is the chance to support an indigenous church planter in Tokyo named Yoshiko Noguchi. Yoshi is connected to the Soma Family of Churches (wearesoma.com), a family of churches to which we are also a member. As a result. we have great theological and methodological alignment with Yoshi, we trust him fully, and we’re excited to see how the Spirit of God uses him in Tokyo.

Tokyo has around 35 million people, and the estimated percentage of evangelical christians is only about half of one percent. The gospel desperately needs to be planted in Tokyo.

Myself, Shane England (the pastor of Resonate), and a few other pastors from around the country, are headed to Tokyo in May to meet with Yoshi and other church planters in Japan. We’re anxious to get a better idea of the gospel work taking place there and to plan and pray about further work in this region of the world.

This is where you come in. I need your help. I personally need to raise $3700 by May 20th (when I leave) in order to make this trip a reality. I’m asking you to prayerfully consider supporting my trip as I take this journey overseas. I’m so excited! Somehow in all my 34 years I haven’t left America until now, and I’m anxious to better obey the Great Commission by going to all nations.

If you decide to give, all gifts are tax deductible.

Thanks so much for your support!

Ben Adkison
615-775-6143
biggzipp@gmail.com

 

3 Ways to Help:

Give Online

*It’s safe & secure.

http://bit.ly/resonate_japan

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GIVE by CHECK

Make check out to “Resonate Church” & write “Ben – Japan” in the memo line.

Resonate Church
2817 West End Ave
Suite 126-147
Nashville, TN 37203

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PRAY for ME

I’ll be blogging about the trip here at biggzipp.com

More info about how to pray for Tokyo & Japan here:

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Book Review – The God Who is There – Francis Schaeffer

the-god-who-is-thereI love all things 1960’s culture. Many of the cultural and philosophical changes that occurred during 1960’s still affect Western society today. So, I’m not really sure why I haven’t read more of Francis Schaeffer’s writings until now. His discussion of 1960’s culture, and the surrounding decades, expertly offers theological and cultural commentary. And he does so with a heart tuned towards loving–not just callously understanding–his fellow man. The God Who is There is a good book. Having finished it, I now want to re-read, and re-think about many of Schaeffer’s arguments. Though this book was written in 1968, it still demands consideration in 2011. I’m particularly interested in Schaeffer’s thoughts as they relate to postmodernity (or the seeds of postmodernity), and how his arguments for God remain relevant, or conversely, now seem irrelevant, to the cultural milieu of 2011. Lots to think about I know! But I enjoy it! And I desperately want to understand the average postmodern person in 2011.