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This is several months old, but worth posting with New Year’s around the corner. Hunter S. Thompson, legendary gonzo journalist, offers some very solid advice in this 1958 letter to a friend.

So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, “I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.”

There are many things I would not take Thompson’s advice on: For example, anything having to do with the ingestion of controlled substances. But this letter seems pretty solid.

The whole letter is posted at Farnam Street.