Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (1937 – 2005)
February 21, 2005
Hunter’s writing has been a constant source of personal inspiration and madness for 30+ years.
“So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here – not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”
— Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72
Thompson was the true master of subjective journalism, and in his subjectivity often found truths that many were afraid to see, and even more were afraid to voice.
Although he hid it well with brilliant satire and brash arrogance, at the core of much of Thompson’s writing was a deep and abiding concern for America, and for the truth, and he defended both with a dogged persistence, particularly from those who cynically pretended to stand for those very values.
Hunter was an American Hero in the truest sense of the word, one of the finest and most important writers of the 20th century, and beneath the rhetoric, an often brilliant observer of both domestic politics and world affairs.
“There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”
Dr. Thompson is gone now, and I am poorer for it.
Give ’em hell, Duke, wherever you are.
Selected Online Reading:
(have a salon cookie, if you don’t have one already)
The Real Hunter S. Thompson (excellent)
[metafilter] – “Plant your period, pay your respects or shut the fuck up.” Well said.