His father eventually resurfaced and summoned the family to Fort Worth, where Thompson, then in high school, worked a string of odd jobs to supplement the family income. He spent two seedy eye-opening years bellhopping at the Hotel Texas - a fever dream of conjobs and cocaine, of pimping and peddling drugs. A few more roughnecking in the oil fields of west Texas. And finally, heeding the advice of an editor at Texas Monthly, he returned to Nebraska and enrolled at UNL.
Flatwater Free Press
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