Writers dig out their HST memories and hash over the impact of 'gonzo journalism'
'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
Proverbial 'Live Boy'
By William Rivers Pitt, truthout
Gonzo in Life as in His Work
By Tom Wolfe, The Wall Street Journal
Writer Hunter S. Thompson commits suicide: Father of 'gonzo
journalism' had served in Air Force
By Bruce Rolfsen, Air Force Times
The Duke of Hazard
By Cintra Wilson, Salon.com
Guns, gonzo and whiskey
By Nancy Lofholm and Troy Hooper, Denver Post
Thompson Style: A Sense of Self, and Outrage
By David Carr, The New York Times (registration required)
Head Shot: Hunter S. Thompson left this world the way he lived --
with a bang
By Bruce Van Wyngarden, The Memphis Flyer
S. Thompson Dies
By James Sullivan, Rolling Stone
To write like Hunter S.
By Ed Quillen, Denver Post
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