Oscar Zeta Acosta, the infamous Dr. Gonzo wrote books as well as practiced law. Below is a rough bibliography and list of resources, a work in progress mind you, for those who wish to learn more about a very interesting man.
Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo


Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s first novel, The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, is a fictional journey through many facts of his life. His tale is vulgar, gross, obscene, frankly carnal, truly pained, wildly raucous, and funny in turns. Acosta’s anti-intellectual stance and his rejection of literary convention express the shock and chaos he invokes to undo his own assimilation, re-create his life, and construct for himself a new and revitalizing identity. Acosta declares his novel an autobiography to dramatize the powers of artistic transformation and re-creation that Chicanos can apply to their lives. One’s identity, like a novel, is a work of art.
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The revolt of the cockroach people




Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson’s “Dr. Gonzo” a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite for food, drugs, and life on the edge.

In this exhilarating sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, Acosta takes us behind the front lines of the militant Chicano movement of the late sixties and early seventies, a movement he served both in the courtroom and on the barricades. Here are the brazen games of “chicken” Acosta played against the Anglo legal establishment; battles fought with bombs as well as writs; and a reluctant hero who faces danger not only from the police but from the vatos locos he champions. What emerges is at once an important political document of a genuine popular uprising and a revealing, hilarious, and moving personal saga.
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Oscar ” Zeta” Acosta: The Uncollected Works




Oscar “Zeta” Acosta: The Uncollected Works gathers unpublished stories, essays, letters poets and a teleplay written by Acosta (1935-1974), the legendary Chicano attorney, political activist and writer. All of these works were written between the early 1960s and shortly before his mysterious disappearance in Mazatalán, Mexico, in 1974.

Through these writings Acosta reveals a variety of personae: a leader troubled by issues of ethnic, linguistic, and cultural identity; a man who saw himself as a Robin Hood of Mexican Americans; an unstable yet genial wanderer who joined Hunter S. Thompson in a search for the American Dream. Acosta realized that democracy is about speaking out, about feeling uncomfortable, about defining others and oneself through the prism of race and history.

With the publication of Oscar “Zeta” Acosta: The Uncollected Works, the complete picture of a crucial player in the Chicano Movement—described by others as “our Thomas Aquinas” and by himself as “the Brown Buffalo”—finally emerges.

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These are rare items, time permitting will be hunted down.

The catalina papers


Oscar Zeta Acosta.

Guide to the Oscar Zeta Acosta collection.

A nice collection of LA Times articles

More information from the Santa Barbra Library

Oscar’s birth certificate (evidence he was human)

Guide to the Oscar Zeta Acosta Papers CEMA 1

More on the disappearance from Time

The California Bar Association

Fear And Loathing And Oscar Acosta (a must read)