[Author's Note, Oct. 10, 2002]

Most all of these rants from the past summer we're scribbled on steno notepads, stuffed into envelopes & stamped under extreme intoxication, then thrust in the trembling hands of frightened hikers passing through my deep woods encampment, mailed whenever said hikers reached the rural post office ten miles away, received in California and finally transcribed by two saintly, patient elves and posted AS IS. With all due respect to said elves, my handscrawl is so gnarly I shoulda been a doctor. They did their best. But there are many, many mis-transcriptions in grammar, spelling, contex, and worst of all, meaning. Editing all this shit is on my "List of things to do when I stop Running With the Kings." Or when summer's over, whichever comes first. But here it is, October, and my summer is far from over. Special thanks to my wonferdal elves, and forgive me my horrible scrawl that at times comes out sounding like English is my 2nd language.
Via con Dios!
-Lord Duke RSM



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(With apologies for the lack of words written about that day, this of course owing to copious amounts of drugs, libations, skinny dipping, 4 a.m. mortar firing into the starry night, and all the other BEING-IN-THE-NOW kind of fun that makes writing damn near impossible.)

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Letters from Maine

  July 2, 2002

  July 3, 2002

July 4, 2002

July 7, 2002

July 8, 2002

July 9, 2002

July 11, 2002

July 12, 2002

July 12, 2002 — there's more!

July 13, 2002 — the screenplay!

July 14th — the Postcard!

Between July 15-19..?

July —? Who knows!

July — Who Cares

"July Something"

July 18, 2002

July 19 — the letter

July 19th — another Postcard!

July 20th — Pay Rick's MC!

July 21 — Sushi & Suicide

July 22 — What the Fuck is a Shrod

July 22 — 2 Pic's and Deleted Text!


July 23rd — Total Consciousness

July 24th — Poetry of the Gods!

July 25th — Loss of Consciousness

July 26th — Feats of Construction

July 27th — Codeine over America

July 28th — Still Dreamin'

July 30th — A Frightfully Gonzo Dog Card

August 6th — On the Beach with Rick

August 6th also — The ROLLING STONE Interview!

August 6th also also — Homage to the Bees

Proceed..
to the Rants of August!



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