I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

I remember more stories about Thompson as a figure, as a persona then actual parts from his books and articles. He was the Picasso of writing, the Dali of journalism, the Warhol of the magazine business.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Hunter S Thomson
Quick! The bats! The giant bats!

Hunter s Thompson was a shitty writer. He was. Sorry, but he was. Most of his stuff is almost unreadable, and unless you are really high on something really cheap that you cooked in your bathtub, it is mostly dribble and ramblings.

Other than that small fact, he is without doubt the coolest and one of the most interesting journalists to have ever gonzoed western civilization.

 
If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up."
 

Hunter s Thompson was not a writer per se, and I have to admit I owe a lot to his gonzo writing and his first hand through-my-red-eyes view of the world. He started something, which like herpes spread around the world with joyful results of a less square less formed writing, but with the unfortunate collateral damage of stoned people thinking they can write.

 
I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me.”
 

I remember more stories about Thompson as a figure, as a persona then actual parts from his books and articles. He was the Picasso of writing, the Dali of journalism, the Warhol of the magazine business.

One of my favorite stories was told by Johny Depp who came to visit Thompson in his isolated ranch for the research of the FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS movie. The first thing Thompson said to him was, come! And took him to the backyard for a lovely afternoon of shooting at barrels full of gas, seeing how fast they can blow them up. That was hunter Thompson. It wasn’t even the 'bad boy' persona so many people hide behind to make a career. It was much more rooted then that. He was just plain crazy.

 
Some may never live, but the crazy never die”
 
Hunter wasn't living on the dark side of life like many depressive cynical writers of his time, brushing against the worst of society and playing with the scabs of America. No, he was never really dark, he was weird, and there lies the difference. Hunter took sanity to a place where nobody sees and beat the shit out of it, until it begged in a low whimper to be left alone and promised him a regular paycheck from the media.
 
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. "
 

He did what he did, when he did anything, which was rare occasions, not out of anger, or even spite. He wasn’t a preacher, he wasn’t a teacher, and he wasn’t even a real journalist. Hunter was an aficionado of life, and was never too shy to take life itself to the next level, in a natural way that seemed almost effortless. He was just being hunter s Thompson.

 

The greatest mania of all is passion: and I am a natural slave to passion: the balance between my brain and my soul and my body is as wild and delicate as the skin of a Ming vase."

 

Which, I have to say, does give him some points in my book. At least with crazy people I feel at home. I know they are very predictable. A sane person might do something crazy once in a while, but a crazy person will very rarely do anything sane. And that is a good base to build on.

 
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.”
 
But there is one Thompson quote that sums up hunter's career and is extremely relevant for me, a simple quote which is the base of this site you are in now, the foundation of this collection of rants and raves.
 
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”