Hello Cruel World
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Hunter S. Thompson, R.I.P.
Hunter. S. Thompson, R.I.P.
February 20, 2005
Raoul Duke is dead
So long, Dr. Gonzo. Strange as it sounds, you were one of the last voices of
reason in these f---ed up times.
An Appreciation of Hunter S. Thompson (Achenblog, by Joel Achenbach)
For all of Thompson's theatrics and self-abuse, he could write like
a demon. His prose accelerated across the page like a sportscar with the top
down. He kept himself squarely in the picture, to great comic effect. We
understood that he needed drugs the way other people needed oxygen, that he
had an odd fondness for guns and violence, and that he loathed Richard Nixon
and most authoritarian institutions. Otherwise, he wasn't very complicated.
He didn't gum up his narrative with soul-searching. He really served as a
big eyeball, if perhaps a rather glazed one.
February 21, 2005
A product of his own chutzpah
(also see readers' comments here, such as Comments posted by: rdghand
Hunter S. Thompson
Author of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' and inventor of 'gonzo'
22 February 2005
Hunter Stockton Thompson, journalist and writer: born Louisville, Kentucky
18 July 1937; twice married (one son); died Woody Creek, Colorado 20
Hunter S. Thompson in 2003 summed up his life thus: "I was a notorious
best-selling author of weird and brutal books and also a widely feared
newspaper columnist . . . I was also drunk, crazy and heavily armed at all
times." He died on Sunday as a result of gunshot wounds, apparently
(Ralph Steadman's memories)
Hunter S. Thompson RIP: 'I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn't
know I could commit suicide at any time'
As his creative collaborator and friend, Ralph Steadman remembers the author
Hunter S Thompson, who has shot himself at the age of 67
Published : 22 February 2005
James Lawton: Fear and Revelation in Houston
22 February 2005
Sadness at the suicide of the great gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson will
reach into some of those wilder corners of American sport not completely
flattened by the age of corporate hospitality.
Dr Thompson reserved many of his more spectacular performances for the Super
Bowl and at the Kentucky Derby in his native Louisville, where he often
returned to spread terror among his erstwhile neighbours.
Last year at the Super Bowl in Houston I was told I was occupying a hotel
room once trashed by the great man. His supreme achievement had, apparently,
been to come out of his room, in a state of heightened consciousness,
straddle himself over the barrier separating guests from a courtyard below
and read several passages from the Book of Revelation. The room, if one
remembers correctly, was on the 27th floor.
February 21, 2005
Aaawww, Mama, Can This Really Be The End?
http://www.gonzo.org/ (The Great Thompson Hunt) A collection of Hunternalia
http://www.network54.com/Forum/284840 Discussion board
The Proverbial 'Live Boy'
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 22 February 2005
Hunter Thompson is the reason I write politics. Period. He was the most
honest man in the business. Everyone else had and has an angle, a
reputation, or a source to protect. Hunter stripped it down to the raw
throbbing nerve and let it fly.
... My hero died tonight. He was a flawed man, a maniac, in so many ways the
antithesis of what a journalist is supposed to be. Worst of all, he told the
truth. There is now one less warrior on this planet filled with Guckert
clones, drones who get fed shit and regurgitate it wholesale for the masses
because that is what we are trained to eat.
Rest in peace, Hunter. Thank you for everything.
Hunter S. Thompson, RIP
Filed under: General — site admin @ 12:45 am
Possibly his last published piece of writing.
Shotgun Golf with Bill Murray
By Hunter S. Thompson
[some other of his "Hey, Rube" columns:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=1919141&type=story 9 November 2004
The pain of losing; ]
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