February 21, 2005

Gonzo is dead

Alas, Hunter S. Thompson, the inventor and prime practitioner of "Gonzo" journalism, has apparently taken his own life at the age of 67. Thompson authored such classics as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (with it's memorable first line ""We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.") as well as many articles and books dealing with sports and politics including his account of being part of the traveling presidential campaign press corp "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trial '72". He was found dead at his infamous Aspen ranch "Woody Creek".

More here.

One of his last interviews including his take on the Bush regime can be found at Salon.

R.I.P. Duke

(Thanks to alert Dopester LatinV for the tip)

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3 Comments:

At 2/21/2005 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shocking.

I remember vividly reading "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972." He contributed much to political journalism and will be missed.

 
At 2/21/2005 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is among the saddest days I have experienced in a while ---
the great Hunter S. Thompson is no more.

Not by a drug induced coma. Not in some horrific car crash involving the "great white shark."

Perhaps Hunter S. Thompson had terminal cancer? Maybe the CIA did him in? Perhaps, Thompson lost the ability to get and maintain an erection?


The last thing I want to learn is that Hunter S. Thompson took his life for no reason.

The Duke's many books filled my mind with light, but his work becknoned reader's towards darkness.

Sad is this day, and all days that follow Hunter S. Thompson's passing.

 
At 2/21/2005 11:50 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Wonderful post anon... And well put when you say that the last thing we'd want to hear is that he took his life for no reason.

I recall that after reading "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas", it changed my entire way of looking at the world, even affected my attitude, for weeks afterwards. The style and power of his writing was that strong. It was intoxicating... no pun intended.

 

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