posts on 2/22/2005 10:28:48 PM
Not the first time he has ever thought of sucide. Read the "The Great Shark Hunt" authors note. Sounds like he planned to do this one day... he just never had the balls until this week. I would like to know why though? Maybe he finally relized his work was not as successful as it used to be. But to leave your wife and kids behind? Very sad.
posts on 2/22/2005 12:43:42 AM
I'd never heard of HST until one fateful Tuesday night in 1983 when a writer friend of mine, Tom Corcoran, walked into Judge Roy Beans Saloon in Daphne, AL where I was about to close up and announced that "the Doctor was making a house call". I was pissed and ready to go home but he convinced me to stay open a while longer because the experience would be "life changing". At the height of my aggitation in swept this tornado wearing mirrored shades (its now 11pm) and a leather (its also July) cigarette boat jacket and smelling like the Marlboro Man on fire. He orders a "Becks and a Turkey back....and you need one too, chief" and I did. And so it was, the three of us drinking, the most benign of our vices this evening, and carrying on telling war stories (mostly theirs as I am all of 22) until 4am - or thereabouts. And as quickly as he came in, he left, but not before doing numerous doughnuts in his rented Continental Mark Large through the shell parking lot. Tom came in the next night and showed me a check HST had left him. On the FOR line was written "room & board" the amount, $1,000,000. Judge Roy Beans burned down last Monday and I thought of that night knowing then and now there'd be few nights like it. Tom still has the check and I have the memories, of the evil/good Dr. (and the hangover). There a moments that are life changing and they always seem to come when you least expect them - just like this morning when I read the paper. He went out as fast as he came in...but we'll all fondly remember the hangover. m. - ps look Tom Corcoran up, great guy, better books.
posts on 2/22/2005 12:01:30 AM
The guy shot himself. A loser way out. Pathetic end to anyones life, should be rebuked.
posts on 2/21/2005 7:37:56 PM
There will never be anyone else like him.
I knew Hunter during his brief stay in San Francisco and was pleased that he remembered me when I saw him 20 years later.
Always impressed by the wide range of his interests--culture, politics, even college sports. He will be missed.
posts on 2/21/2005 5:43:44 PM
What terrible, unbelievable and distressing news! After battling against this ridiculous and power hungry world for 67 years, showing us how easily democratic elections can be manipulated by missing the position of Mayor of Aspen by just 7 votes with such policies as replacing main street with lawn, and hangover sleep-ins for everyone, WHY WOULD HE CHOSE TO DO THIS? We were looking forward to 'The Rum Diary' film of his first novel to connect with Hunter - not in memorium! To Hunter, Juan, & family: Many, likely millions of people discovered Hunter through Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas over the decades and then happily devoured his political coverage, other journalism and correspondence, discussing it manically with other charmed friends. Not only did Hunter articulate his readers dissatisfaction with western society, he also gave us principles to cope: That we shouldn't be depressed and resigned, That we really are all equal people and that we have a right to freedoms and to take down the corrupted 'scumbag pigf*s' who abuse the power they steal, or society gives them. Hunter will always live through the writing for which he spent his life fighting for us. LONG LIVE DR GONZO!
greece loves you HST
posts on 2/21/2005 5:31:44 PM
Too weird to live , TOO RARE TO DIE..
Hst , has created a legacy and influenced many , thus will never be dead .
Today is a very sad day.How come the good die yound and the bastards live long!???
posts on 2/21/2005 3:32:19 PM
This is for Hunter...
Hunter S. Thompson has inspired me so, so much. I've read his work and taken on board his techniques for my own writing. I want to be a music Journalist and I'm off to University in September to live the dream ( and riot).
A favourite quote of mine from his 'Kingdom of Fear' passages. "Weird behaviour is natural in smart children".
I really can't express how much I loved this guy. I found his work through the movie version of Fear And Loathing.
Everything he wrote I could relate to somehow in my own little way. His writing made me laugh. He had a great sense of humour. I hoped that one day I would meet him and we'd drop acid...or something. My heart goes out to his family. To the Godfather of Gonzo Journalism and the greatest author of our time. To Hunter!
posts on 2/21/2005 3:29:44 PM
"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"
posts on 2/21/2005 3:19:41 PM
We have definately lost one of the greatest writers of our time. The good doctor, after surviving as much as he had, makes it suprising that he would take his own life. I agree that if the Doc was to do something like this than america has gone f.u.b.a.r.
I'll miss ya doc
posts on 2/21/2005 3:06:33 PM
Some Hunter S Thompson Quotes:
On Drugs: "You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye."
On America: "We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world - bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are whores for power and oil with hate and fear in our hearts."
And Finally: "Some may never live, but the crazy never die."
I'm gonna smoke a tribute joint to Mr Thompson now...rock on