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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Inspector Lee, Feb 20, 2005.
Hunter S. Thompson killed himself...
One of my favorite authors.
That is sad. Still a man in charge of his destiny.A gun nut but a great journalist/author. Last interview I read he was warning Kerry that the Bushites could quite possibly kill him.That was his view of how nasty US politics are.
Should make it clear kill Kerry not HST.
I wonder how Doonesbury is going to handle it. One of the characters was modeled on him.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was a classic.
Here's another article link at CNN:
Wow, that's a real shame. I wonder what lead to this.
Saw it for the first time 2 weeks ago
Saw it for the second time a week ago
Think I might get the book off amazon...
i felt like i got punched in the gut when i read this. sad. i wasn't obsessed with him, per se, but man did he leave his mark.
chances are he just thought "that will do me, time to move on."
he went hard at everything he did.
he once wrote....On my tombstone
they will carve, "IT NEVER GOT FAST ENOUGH FOR ME."
that's a quote from an article he wrote named "song of the sausage creature"
Fear and Loathing?
I really enjoyed his literary contributions, I thought he was a genius. The two movies weren't bad either.
he will be missed (by me).
its a shame to lose such a great mind.
I guess I could google it but are there any good sites where I can pick up articles by him?
yah, this is really quite sad.
fear and loathing in las vegas is one of my favorite books, i re-read it every year or so and always come back with a new appreciation for it.
That is a very sad situation. Hopefully he has finally found the peace that he was seeking. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
Thonpson wrote many articles for ESPN page 2 and they can all be found here.
His last article was about Shotgun Golfing. It is an extremely funny article, the exact style of haphazard writing you would expect from Thompson.
It was written, or at least published, on February 15th.
it is a very sad day
even though i found little in common with his beliefs, i did find his writing very provacative and interesting...he was a strange combination of rush limbaugh, michael moore, john hightower, and ted nugent...all rolled into one
somewhere, like wdlove mentioned, i know hst was seeking peace
Please pardon my rant here but the man meant so much to me.
Art is long, Life is short J. Conrad
Today is Presidents Day. The banks are closed, the courtrooms are silent, the U.S. mail is idle, and Hunter Thompson is dead. I heard the news on CNN while making coffee. A few moments later my friend Eric called to see if Id heard. This was a several hours ago and Im still struggling with the news.
Of course Ive contemplated Hunters death many times before. Anyone who lives life with his kind of horsepower has no doubt cheated death many, many times. I guess I just always imagined him dying in a fiery Jeep crash on a snowy mountain road or going quietly in the night like so many do. No good reason, really. Things just stop and dont start again and to everyones surprise, yourself especially, youre dead.
But Hunter Thompson shot himself yesterday and we are all poorer for it. Thompson was, for me, one of those rare writers who gets inside your eyes and forever changes the way you see the world. For the next few days the obituaries and tributes will be full of talk about his drug use, his love of guns, his subjectivity. These are but a fraction of what made Hunter great, for beneath all the exotic drugs, fast cars, explosives, and automatic weapons was a man of finely tuned sensitivity and a powerful sense of justice.
He brought overwhelming force to bear on what he felt was Wrong and wrote eloquently about what he thought was Right. He cared. He was sarcastic without being cynical. He was an angry optimist. He didnt shy from the dark and violent side of the American character and understood that it was an essential and unchangeable part of our make up, but that we werent damned for it.
Blake professed that it was the tension between two opposite forces that created the force that sustained life. Ill buy that. I think Hunter bought that, at least for a while. I dont know why people kill themselves or what were supposed to do with that. I really dont. But the world I see will continue to be influenced by Hunters vision. He looked at it, and wrote about it, with the right kind of eyes.
I know Hunter had suffered from various physical ailments recently, but wouldn't be surprised if the mental torment of witnessing America move farther and farther to the right, transforming into Greedheads, Inc. contributed to his decision to commit suicide. So raise the glasses high tonight and join me in a toast to the good doctor.
Selah, Mahalo, Amen.
Aargh... insane times.
"The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."
-- Hunter S. Thompson
'When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro...'
i didn't like a lot of what he wrote, but fear and loathing in las vegas is amazing. i remember reading it one summer in late high school or early college while working at the beach.
i only recently learned he was an espn.com columist, which for some reason surprised me.
Is it just me or that I have never even heard of this guy until now...
Anyway, I'll be sure to check out the movie "Fear and Loathing.." just to experience what all the buzz is about.
Definitely pick it up -A great read. I never really got around to seeing the movie, partly becasue I was afraid I'd hate it in comparison to the book...
Read the book. Also read 'Hell's Angels'
Some of his anthologies are quite good to dip into.
Generation of Swine
Songs of the Doomed
a genius leaves us!
I have read the book recently, and while it is better than the film, the film is great and you really should see it. The film does a great job of adapting the style of writing that Thompson used in the book. The film stays very true to the book and only deviates slightly without taking anything away.
Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Brazil, Time Bandits, Monty Python) directed it and adapted the book for the screenplay. Gilliam did an amazing job bringing the book to screen. If you have seen his other movies, especially Brazil (the proper version), then you know that he is very good at directing something like Fear and Loathing.
Johnny Depp also does an amazing job of acting out the lead character. He actually lived with Thompson for a while and studied him so that he would be better able to play the character.
Thompson has been quoted many times as saying that he loved the movie and watched it frequently.
On a sidenote, i didn't realize until today how good of a job Depp did since i had never seen a picture of Thompson. Depp looks almost exactly like the pictures that i have seen of Thompson.