Monday, February 21, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson Dead

Hunter Thompson committed suicide, by shooting himself in the head with one of his beloved guns last night. How sad.

But who in the world did not see this day coming 30 years ago?

Pick your favorite book ... mine is Hell's Angels. Hunter called himself a journalist. He was not. He was a crazed observer of our times, armed with a .44 Magnum, a bottle of bourbon, and a pen that was so clearly wicked that everyone from Richard Nixon to Sonny Barger felt the lash of the bastinado.

He reached the ultimate in compliments and immortality in becomming the character "Uncle Duke" in the Doonesbury comic strip. One can only wonder what he must have thought of that.

Thompson, whose behavior was always bizzare, had grown more bizzare in the past decade. Writing little, venturing out from his compound near Aspen only rarely, he managed to do what few from the sixties were able to accomplish -- he remained what he was on the 1960's -- a genius of the first rate.

Unca' Duke, RIP

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