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Monday, February 21, 2005

Rest In Peace, Doctor

The Good Doctor shot himelf in the head yesterday.

That's a damn dirty shame. He was a true original. One Of The Greats.

RIP Hunter S Thompson
10:22 AM - Bottle Rocket Fire Alarm


February 21, 2005 10:45 AM, Blogger Kerouaced said...

That bastard still had a lot of good writing left in him. It's a damn shame. He was very private so I don't know if he had some hideous illness or he just got sick of all the bullshit. Now the hacks are closing in, taking over the Ny Times best seller list with prose that is so bleached that I can't even make it through five pages of their books before I give up and douse them with gasoline and watch them burn. Yes, RIP Hunter, there will never be another like you.

February 21, 2005 11:10 AM, Blogger Other Brother said...

"We can't stop here, man. This is bat country."

RIP Hunter S. Thompson

February 21, 2005 1:36 PM, Blogger if_i_had_a_hammer said...

the english language lost one of its most rebelious voices.

RIP Doc.

February 21, 2005 2:12 PM, Blogger Bookfraud said...

thanks for pointing out the loss -- a pioneer and genius, the likes of which we won't see again. "Fear and Loathing in L.V." remains the ur-text for gonzo, one of my favorites.

i don't know what possessed Hunter to kill himself, but why someone who was so talented and had so much left in him pops himself is unanswerable, I guess.(see Iris Chang).

and yeah, it's hacks-ahoy on the best-seller lists.

February 21, 2005 3:32 PM, Blogger Dave Morris said...

Being in the business of radio, I honor a maverick by remembering his most fitting quote:

"The radio 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."

RIP my man...

February 21, 2005 4:20 PM, Blogger Bottle Rocket Fire Alarm said...

This is Poppy Z Brite's site. She's a good horror writer. I enjoyed Lost Souls a lot when I read it ten years ago or so.

She met Thompson about a month ago and he was in bad physical shape. I think her entries about him lend a little insight into why he'd check out this way.

February 21, 2005 4:32 PM, Blogger ty bluesmith said...

poppy z. brite...that's a name from the past.

hst...he did talk about a couple of things that he probably shouldn't have

February 21, 2005 4:33 PM, Blogger ty bluesmith said...

or at least that's what the conspiracy boys think.

February 21, 2005 6:27 PM, Blogger Kerouaced said...

Interesting, it does appear he was in pretty bad physical shape. Thanks for pointing out those enteries by Poppy Z Brite.

February 21, 2005 11:19 PM, Blogger Latigo Flint said...

"...and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark -- that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."

February 22, 2005 7:27 AM, Blogger sCruuw said...

seemed like a predictable death for him...go figure

February 22, 2005 8:33 AM, Blogger daniel said...

as I said when stray blogged it over my way, i plan on hiring out fear and loathing from the library and having a good mourn.

February 22, 2005 12:26 PM, Blogger Bookfraud said...

There's a great, heartfelt HST tribute by tom Wolfe, of all people, in the Wall St. Journal, of all places. Wolfe called him "the (20th) century's greatest comic writer in the English language," which I guess is a compliment. Wolfe and Thompson were bros in arms in redefining journalism, so I guess it's appropriate...


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