Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi

Associate Professor

Creative Writing: Nonfiction; Essay

Timothy Denevi's most recent book is Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism(2018, Hachette/PublicAffairs). He is also the author of Hyper (2014, Simon & Schuster). His essays on politics, sport, and religion have recently appeared in New York, CNN.com, Literary Hub, and Salon.

Selected Publications


Freak Kingdom PublicAffairs/Hachette, 2018

Hyper Simon & Schuster, 2014



"#1264: Timothy Denevi" The Joe Rogan Experience

"A New Book Describes Hunter. S. Thompson's Prescience" The Atlantic

"Inside Hunter S. Thompson's Battle Against American Fascism" Rolling Stone

Book TV Segment on Freak Kingdom, CSPAN


"QAnon Takes the Capitol: In the Crowd with the Insurrectionists as Trump Call for a Coup" Literary Hub, 2021

"Trump Says the Quiet Part Loud: The Final Day at CPAC" Literary Hub, 2021

"Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and a Dancing Roger Stone: CPAC Day Two" Literary Hub, 2021

"Cult 45: Day One at CPAC" Literary Hub, 2021

"Watching Trump's Helicopter Depart a Final Time" Literary Hub, 2021

"American Brown Shirts in the Streets of the Capital" Literary Hub, 2020

"Celebrating the Eviction of Donald Trump from the White House" Literary Hub, 2020

"Election Night in the Capital: Proud Boys, Parties, Protest" Literary Hub, 2020

"This Week in America Would Make RFK Weep" CNN.com, 2020

"On the Clearing of Lafayette Square" Literary Hub, 2020

"Report From Foul Territory: At the White House" Literary Hub, 2019

"Fascism and Conspiracy Theories at CPAC" Salon, 2019

"Front and Center at the Michael Cohen Hearing" Literary Hub, 2019

"Front Row at Michael Bennet's Senate-Floor Dismantling of Ted Cruz," Literary Hub, 2019

"Fear and Loathing at Richard Nixon's Inauguration," from FREAK KINGDOM Time, 2019

"Hunter S. Thompson in Chicago, 1968: The Battle for the Democratic Party's Soul," from FREAK KINGDOM  Salon, 2018

"On American Fascism and the Self-Destruct Button at the Heart of Our Democracy" CNN.com, 2018

"The Unite the Right Rally in DC: Defining American Fascism in the 21st Century" Salon, 2018

"The Last Days of Robert F. Kennedy: On the Radical Compassion of an American Icon" Literary Hub, 2018

"On RFK's Murder and Conspiracy Theories" Salon, 2018

"Hear the Real Dr. Gonzo Roar" Salon, 2018

"Backcourt at the US OPEN: On Time, Age, and Politics" Literary Hub, 2017

"Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater, and Hunter S. Thompson at the 1964 RNC" The Paris Review, 2017

"The Temple" The Normal School, 2017

"At CPAC: The Dark, Orwellian Power of Steve Bannon" Literary Hub, 2017

"The Future is a Ceiling of Impossible Water" Scoundrel Time, 2017

"January 20th, 2017: "Jesus Christ at the Inauguration" Literary Hub, 2017

"On Impulsiveness, Authenticity, and Donald Trump" New York, 2017

"November 8th, 2016: A Long, Sad Night in Washington, DC" Literary Hub, 2016

"On Amphetamine, Authority, and Hunter S. Thompson" New York, 2016

Essays from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Literary Hub, 2016
     "On the Road to Cleveland: Trump Speaks to the Werewolf in Us"
     "Tuesday in Cleveland, Republicans Sing 'Shake it Off'"
     "Wednesday in Cleveland: A Full-Blown Roman Circus"
     "Cleveland, Last Days: Trump's Speech, The End"
     "Bernie Bros and Trump Thugs: A Hot Day in Philadelphia"
     "At the Last Day of the DNC: Maybe the World Won't Come to an End"


Expanded Publication List