View Full Version : Say something for Hunter S. Thompson
02-22-2005, 10:59 AM
For those of you who don't know, Thompson was found at his home in Colorado dead (feb. 20) from a gun shot wound to the head. He took his own life.
And for those of you who don't know he was the best writer of all time, the gonzo of journalism. He's met, talked with and wrote about everyone from Timothy Leary to President Nixon. He is the one who wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a story about his incredible \"trip\" through the heart of the American Dream.
Mr. Thompson had inspired me to take up journalism and become a writer about 2 years back. I was completely shocked and horrified by the news. For me, it's too early to delve too deep into my emotions...I will post something more about this sometime in the future.
02-22-2005, 12:23 PM
I am right there with you my man. I have been nothing but obsessed with Hunter and his writing since my first glance at Fear and Loathing back in high school. I guess you could say that Hunter's writing is arguably the number one reason in why I am an English major and soon to be English teacher. The man saw the world from a completely different angle than most and instead of truly embracing that view, many were turned off by it. While I did not know Hunter personally, I believe that he was a man who ignored such ideas as pressure, risk, and being told what to do and what not to do. Hunter S. Thompson was and always will be a role model to me.
02-22-2005, 02:46 PM
Having followed Hunter's career for over 30 years, I am amazed he lasted on this planet as long as he did. His writings are wickedly profound and could easily be used as history books in any institute of higher learning.
I will truly miss his art.
02-22-2005, 04:17 PM
I've tried to post something on this thread but couldn't come up with anything good enough for HST... So I'll just post some good pics and quotes of another great American icon gone... :(
\"America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. \"
\"The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. \"
\"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side. \"
\"There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda... You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.... And that, I think, was the handle --- that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting --- on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave...\"
\"Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.\"
\"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.\"
?We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.?
?My concept of death for a long time was to come down that mountain road at a hundred and twenty and just keep going straight right there, burst out through the barrier and hang out above all that . . . and there I'd be sitting in the front seat, stark naked, with a cast of whiskey next to me, and a case of dynamite in the trunk . . . honking the horn, and the lights on, and just sit there in space for an instant, a human bomb, and fall down into that mess of steel mills. It'd be a tremendous goddamn explosion. No pain. No one would get hurt. I'm pretty sure, unless they've changed the highway, that launching place is still there. As soon as I get home, I ought to take a drive just to check it out.?
02-22-2005, 05:50 PM
Well done randall747!! Great tribute!
02-22-2005, 10:21 PM
I couldnt agree more!!! Bravo!!!!
On, another note, whats up Mitch. Nathan and I send our Grateful Lovins! Had a great time with you and your wife last year!-SJ
02-22-2005, 10:49 PM
I took a writing class last fall and one night I was watching Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and started writing a story in which he found his way into. Good night Hunter, I hope that you've found your peace.
\"Watching Thompson writhing in the grips of deranged paranoia, I felt that maybe he did actually find the American dream, and that the dream was so horrible and ugly that reality had been violently stripped from him.
Looking back on it now, it seems to me that Thompson was the broken and abused child who spent his days suffering so that we could live like the residents of Omelas, living out our American dreams blissfully unaware while he suffered through his nightmare.\"
02-23-2005, 12:22 AM
Pure Gonzo Journalism... RIP
HAHAHA wait a minute... I post a hunter post first and no one replies.. oh the love!!!
02-23-2005, 08:32 AM
Yo Sara...I thought I would see you post to this thread. Hugs right back at ya!!
Check your PM's
02-23-2005, 10:40 AM
God bless HunterS. Tomphson.... it is so sad...
02-24-2005, 10:42 AM
Hunter S. Thompson has inspired many different people, in many different ways. He is the gonzo of journalism and speaks from his heart and mind in a straight forward, serious/honest, and \"who gives a sh*t\" style. Like I said in a previous post, he has inspired me and has rubbed off on me in my writing. I don't try to write like him, that would be wrong on many different levels. If I did I would get no where, people aren't stupid, they'll see right through the words immediately. It would sound faked and filtered. But yet his style is apparent in my words.
This piece I will submit is an excerpt from a short story I wrote coincidentally entilted \"Kill The Body and The Head Will Die\" (-quote from Hunter S. Thompson). His teachings helped this win a \"best new writer\" award from a journalism board in the state of Kansas. Thank you Hunter for inspiring us all.
This is dedicated to H.S.T.
Alcohol. Driving. Marijuana. Sex. Sex. SEX. Risky Behaviors are all around and they seem to be mainly focused on the youth of today. These poppy do-gooders, muscle-headed jocks, and freaks dressed entirely in black who act like they pray to the devil's youngest son (the cute one) Erik; all targets...and I guess I can see why now. Blindly following one another off the same old cliff, all while babbling terrible gibberish that was brainwashed into their tiny, one-way brains by the media and that 75 pound model who plays a mother on some early late night morning sit-com. Each one pushed over the edge and head first into these so called risky behaviors; all looking for one thing, to feel good. Whether it'd be drinking yourself half retarded in less than 45 minutes all while trying to control your hallucinations off that acid you just ate two hurs ago; or having unconditional, unprotected sex with any and every one at that party that you think you went to last night. The point is we do it. Whether it's to feel good or wheter it's to make new friends, we do it. And do it fairly often for that matter. But we can't be stopped; and with that point, why should we do anything but push it as far as we can. So I vote we take this magical journey, and take it in full stride. Let us ride this incredible wave all the way to the shore and back...just to see where it takes us.
02-24-2005, 11:00 AM
This piece may be summarized as such:
\"All that we have is this very momnent in time. Nothing more. Nothing less.\"
02-27-2005, 03:46 PM
Last night I watched an interview on the Tom Russert show (I happened to flip by and reconize the guy he was talking with don't worry I don't watch it) Last night was an interview he did on Feb 6, 2003 with HST. They talked about such topics as Hunters gun club and love for guns. I pulled a line from the interview I thought some people might like.
If all the dead heads voted, you know Grateful Dead, we'd have a different president today! ~*Hunter S. Thompson Feb 6, 2003*
03-07-2005, 11:33 PM
one of the best my heart goes out to all of his friends, family and of corse fans maybe we can do sumthiing for him a waka
03-10-2005, 12:14 PM
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03-10-2005, 12:54 PM
ok. no offense, but I'm laughing my ass off at the, \"maybe we can do something for him at wakarusa.\"
what?!?!?!?!?! Hunter S Thompson tribute at Waka....that's real funny.
I mean, fine. Hunter S Thompson was inspiring in his writing.
But really........people that AREN'T \"famous\" inspire me everyday. Things people say on this board can be inspiring. But nobody's doing anything for them to pay tribute. I just thought it was a rather funny remark.
Sure. God Bless his soul. He lived he died. The end. Thanks for the writings and the inspiration........
his death just brought forth space in this world for someone else to give that search for inspirado........
02-20-2006, 02:12 PM
Damn - a year already?
02-20-2006, 03:11 PM
02-20-2006, 09:10 PM
\"Ode to Jack Kerouac\"
Four Dogs went to the Wilderness
Only three came back
Two dogs Died from Guinnea Worm
The other died from you
02-20-2006, 09:54 PM
I didnt have to tell him about the bats....he'd see them soon enough.
02-20-2006, 11:41 PM
The Dalai Gonzo
I hope this image comes through.
02-21-2006, 12:25 AM
cool link, great quote.
02-21-2006, 09:36 AM
\"Tell me about the ****ing GOLF SHOES\"
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