Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Tokyo Slim, Feb 21, 2005.
Yeah. Boy, didn't see that coming.
If there were ever a writer I could have predicted would off himself, it would have been HST. The drugs, booze and guns in his stories were obviously a major part of his life, and now his death.
Damn. This sucks, man. I was a big fan. This really sucks.
In honor of Hunter S. Thompson, I will be delivering pizzas today, high on acid, wearing a visor, smoking a cigarette out of a long holder, and constantly whacking off when I can't find a victim to rape.
no, thats probably a bad idea.
Gunplay, Slim. You can't forget the gunplay.
I just re-read HST's Hell's Angels and I'm surprised he made it this far. The guy was an American original who was unfairly marginalized.
I've been thinking about double six-shooters and bandoliers... what do you think?
Probably shotguns. Here is a rather "cludgy" archive of HST's Page 2 stuff on ESPN.com http://sports.espn.go.com/espn....t=page2
I have a lot of HST stories from my years of living in Puerto Rico. He spent quite a bit of time down there nad pissed off quite a few people. Suffice it to say that, while I think he was a hell of a writer, a lot of his stuff has not aged well. When I was in college, the idea of a booze and drug fueled trip to Vegas sounded pretty cool. Now, forget it.
But, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail remains a remarkable piece of journalism, one of the best, most brutally honest works of campaign coverage that no one else before or since has had the balls to do.
The closest comparision I can think to Thompson is Menken., but next to HST, Menken was positvely establishment.
Don't forget the stolen Cadillac and make sure you bring a sketchy coked-out lawyer for when you get pulled over. Â Sad to see such an original go.
I also thought Joan Didion did a good job of "gonzo journalism," though she stuck to the pen for weapons, and abused her body less.
I am sorry, I have enjoyed his writting.
but, I just read an article that said he shot himself while on the phone with this wife, and with his daughter in the next room. I do not think that was the proper way to do it. I really don't think that was the right way.
one of the greates living american writers, now dead. he reminded me of henry miller, ranting and raving, focusing on impression and substance rather than objectivity and coherence.
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