Not long after she finished college, Cheryl Della Pietra got a job as Hunter S. Thompson's assistant. Besides making sure that he typed up a page each evening, her job included partying with the eccentric author and his friends. In her novel, "Gonzo Girl," Della Pietra offers a fictionalized account of her time spent with Thompson.
In our interview for Chicago Tribune, Della Pietra and I talk about some of her travels, including a trip to Italy some 20 years ago: "Something takes over the sensible part of your brain when you land there. There's like an army of single men who go to 'work' every day on the Spanish Steps wooing foreign ingenues. In my early 20s, I let a complete stranger drive me around on a Vespa for half a day like we were on a reality show -- something I would never have done in America. We ate pizza and stopped for espresso and then he stranded me at the top of some overlook when I wouldn't kiss him. He said he was a cop. And the funny thing is, I believe it." #huntersthompson #gonzogirl #gonzojournalism #wanderlust #travel #goawaywithjae