Monday, February 21, 2005

Fear And Loathing Inside One's Own Head

The shocking news of the apparent suicide of Hunter S. Thompson hit the news late last night, and brought immediate response inside literary and cultural circles. Thompson was credited with being among the "New Journalists" and applied the term "Gonzo Journalism" to his own methods. AP story, with pics on Yahoo.

The results were books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "The Hells Angels". This latter was my introduction to Thompson, and I was impressed with the courage and the fortitude required of him to gain complete acceptance by the then-outlaw biker gang, at a great physical cost.

Here are some links to fine tributes to Hunter S. Thompson: Blogcritics has no less than six obits, plus a review of his new book, "Hey Rube" by Dave Nalle. Hoosier Libertarian Al Barger has his own treatment. From Lileks' Bleat.

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