Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi is the author of FREAK KINGDOM: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism and HYPER: A Personal History of ADHD. His essays on politics, sport, and religion have appeared in The Paris Review, New York MagazineSalonThe Normal School, and Literary Hub where he is a nonfiction editor.

He received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and he’s been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Denevi is an assistant professor of creative writing at George Mason University. He speaks about “gonzo” journalism; narrative nonfiction and the essay; sports writing; covering political history; the life, politics and work of Hunter S. Thompson; and working and living with ADHD.

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“Freak Kingdom…sheds new light on Thompson’s political awakening and reporting—and the toll it took on him and his later work and life. Few books this season will give you a stronger and more chilling sense of déjà vu.” – Rolling Stone

“Denevi…crafts his biography like a nonfiction novel, letting his research unfold in a captivating narrative that places readers at some of the most important episodes of Thompson’s career. Denevi’s work reminds us that the persistent concern about totalitarianism overwhelming free speech isn’t something new. And 50 years ago, one journalist decided to do something about it.” – The Associated Press

“A necessary read for anyone who wishes to understand our current political moment.” -Jennifer Percy, winner of the National Magazine Award and author of Demon Camp

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Tim Denevi speaks to Joe Rogan about writing FREAK KINGDOM on The Joe Rogan Experience (explicit language).


Rolling Stone goes “Inside Hunter S. Thompson’s Battle Against American Fascism,” and asks “What would Thompson have made of Trump?” Read the review of Denevi’s FREAK KINGDOM.