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Hunter S. Thompson Suicide

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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.

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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.com/news/custom/showcas...on22feb22.story

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

http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/thecast/duke.html

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