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Hunter S. Thompson Suicide


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#1 32tendu

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:12 AM

Hey there,

I didn't know if this was posted this morning. However, here's the link to the story.

http://www.nytimes.c...artner=homepage

You can also read it at www.reuters.com

#2 BW

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 10:57 AM

I felt sad when I heard about his suicide this morning. It's been a long time since I've read his books, though I surely enjoyed them when I did. The one that stands out in my memory is "Hells Angels". I did note that he's written one more recently that must be, at least in part, about Bush. Might be interesting to see that one.

I think Hunter S. Thompson must be close to one of the last of his gonzo kind.

#3 Mel Johnson

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:37 PM

I can see the Eifman bio-ballet now: Fear and Loathing in Fifth Position!

#4 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:42 PM

Wasn't that the subtitle to Musagete, Mel? :FIREdevil:

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 07:41 AM

You know, you could be right!

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 10:25 AM

Thank you, 32tendu. "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is a great book, and Thompson did some great political journalism, too. I actually first became familiar with him as the model for Mike's Uncle Duke in "Doonesbury." In the end he was probably hogtied to the Gonzo thing in a way that wasn't good for him.

Another article on Thompson, from the Los Angeles times, with comments from Thompson's fellow New Journalists Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese:

http://www.latimes.c...on22feb22.story


A brief account of the career of Duke, from the Doonesbury website:


http://www.doonesbur...ecast/duke.html

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Posted 22 February 2005 - 11:19 PM

An editor at a Seattle paper edited his San Francisco Examiner columns in the 1980's and talks about the relationship here

http://seattlepi.nws...=1&searchdiff=1

My favorite part -- Thompson's comment on sitting down to battle with his editor "We are, after all, professionals."

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Posted 24 February 2005 - 11:58 AM

Thanks for that, sandik.

For the Death as a Good Career Move file: an AP report says sales have risen sharply for Thompson's books:


http://seattlepi.nws.....hompson Sales


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