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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson shot himself on February 20, 2005, when he was 67. The suicide was planned; in fact, he had given his wife a suicide note four days prior to the event. He explained that he never wanted to live much past 50, that he had gone on for too long, that he was too cranky, and that he considered himself a problem for people. It sounds like he was suffering from depression, like Hemingway. His excessive use of drugs and alcohol combined with a terrible childhood, caught up with him. If he had started using something like a testosterone booster or some of the more sophisticated smart drugs, he could have turned his life around and might be alive today. His book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Gonzo Journalism at its best, fast-moving, funny, and full of lucid prose and crisp clean dialog.

1 comment:

Stan J said...

So sad about Hunter. I really enjoyed so many of his books, not just Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. His political writings were brilliant as well.