Just about everyone who’s worked as a writer knows what your standard rejection letter (or e-mail) looks like: The editor is so thankful for your pitch or story or whatever but regrets to inform you that she just doesn’t have space to include all the excellent submissions she receives. Of course, Hunter S. Thompson never does anything the standard way, so it’s not surprising that he responded so much more colorfully to a potential Rolling Stone piece by Mike Peterson that was forwarded to him in 1971. It begins, “You worthless, acid-sucking piece of illiterate shit!” and just gets better from there. See the original, typewritten note — on Rolling Stone stationery! — after the jump.