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A Day to Remember Hunter. S Thompson

My father, Signore Mallow, and I circa 1980’s.

Yesterday was Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday: July 18th. Growing up, my father, Signore Mallow, quoted the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas incessantly and he did so with great vigor. When a good song came on the radio, or a vinyl was playing off their surround sound system, I could hear him yelling in happiness so loud the room would reverberate, “Volume! Clarity! Bass!” Turning up the dials to make the music amplify. Rockin’ out. As time went by, when he shouted these three words aloud: I knew it was my cue to amp up the sound.

Photography by Nicolette Mallow.


Before I was born, he was a drag racer, motorcyclist, and played the drums in a band for 20 years. That intensity never faded. (He raced Austin Healey’s and drag raced vintage Mustang’s that were all amped up.)

As a kid, my dad was a little different than the other dads at school. I also recall him saying things to me any time he had advice, yet was being playful, such as, “Nickie. As your attorney, I advise you to take this $5 to go eat a chocolate sundae, and I advise you to put hot fudge on it.” Or. “Nickie. As your attorney, I advise you and your brother to tell your father goodnight and let him rest.” Other times, I recall when a food was so ridiculously delicious, I remember him saying it was so good there was heroin in it, and he couldn’t stop eating it before eating the rest. A spin-off from a quote in the book… Not only am I a writer that loves good literature, but this one book is one of endless books and movies I grew up around that were quoted continuously by my father, integrated into daily conversation.

My father, Signore Mallow, and I circa 1980’s.

Published by Nicolette Mallow

‡ Nicolette Mallow is an Artist: writer, dancer, vocalist, thespian, model, and (amateur) photographer. Writing is Mallow’s strongest artistic skill. Internationally published in the United States and Europe, Nicolette has obtained 110+ publications thus far. Mallow has interviewed an extensive list of talent and collaborated with companies and PR teams from Texas Monthly, National Geographic, Prevention Magazine, HBO Films, The Hollywood Reporter, SXSW, The David Lynch Foundation, Cine Las Americas, The University of Texas at Austin and more. Presently her portfolio entails 12 national awards or scholarships, including both individual and group projects. Working with Press and Publicity teams from companies like Sunshine Sachs, Fons PR, Frank PR, and CW3PR — Mallow can liaise with publicists, entrepreneurs, and their brands. Since 2005, for 17 years, Nicolette Mallow has covered numerous press, corporate and red carpet events as a (dyslexic) writer. Mallow has interviewed talent far beyond her years, including Jimmy Chin, Greta Gerwig, Bob Roth, Dr. Travis Stork, Joan Lunden, Larysa DiDio, Lauren Handel Zander, James White, Jay Roach, Naomi Whittel and Roc Chen. Once, she was a public speaker for a national business conference. Her career is diverse and transcends a vast array of industries, but the focus is always on the arts. Nicolette Mallow does enjoy all forms of writing, but her favorite writing genres to create entail editorial, arts & entertainment, literary journalism, travel, magical realism, nonfiction, technical and promotional publicity. Over time Nicolette has attained Press Credentials to events like Texas Film Awards (hosted by Austin Film Society), The Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin Film Festival, Euphoria Music Festival, and The Blanton Museum of Art. She also wrote for Savannah Magazine, a radio station operated by EMMIS Communications, District newspaper, and the Thinkery (formerly Austin Children’s Museum). In her spare time, Nicolette creates a magical realism novel and turns her nonfiction memoirs into short story novellas. Obtaining two degrees from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), she has a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration (a graduate degree now recognized as Creative Business Leadership) and a B.F.A. in Writing. Born and raised in Texas and NYC—Nicolette Mallow is also a world traveler that lives for art and loves to learn. “L’art Pour L’art.”

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