Sending Off Hunter S. Thompson

Writers dig out their HST memories and hash over the impact of 'gonzo journalism'

| February 24, 2005

'Have an objective to give your bender a theme. For instance, stalking and killing a wild pig with a bowie knife.'

Words to live by, courtesy of Hunter S. Thompson. At once a journalism visionary and destroyer, Thompson broke the mold of 'truth' in reporting, rejecting objectivity in favor of radically personal, opinionated, and drug-infused narratives that aspired to accuracy through honesty. He killed himself Sunday with a shot to the head.

Here's a selection of obituaries, reflections, and reminiscences:

Depraved and Decadent: Adventures with Thompson
By Ralph Steadman, The Guardian

The Proverbial 'Live Boy'
By William Rivers Pitt, truthout

As Gonzo in Life as in His Work
By Tom Wolfe, The Wall Street Journal