I have been a big fan of Hunter S. Thompson ever since Gary Trudeau channeled him in Doonsebury, and then through his Fear and Loathing novels, and later when he became a contributor to ESPN's fledgling Page 2. His writing was always engrossing even when it was sloppy. His stories were about presidents and athletes and rock stars but really, they were about him. You never lost track of the fact that you were reading the words of Hunter S. Thompson. His personality was a watermark on every page he wrote. And until he died, Hunter S. Thompson and I shared a birthday, which is funny because his life was filled with a level of recklessness, defiance and paranoia that I feared and loved but mostly envied. I'm still not a fan of guns and weapons, or plastic cigarette holders for that matter. But Thompson was gonzo to the bone.
Here is a great link to ten memorable Hunter Thompson quotes. It's really worth reading the entire list. I think #1 is devastating.
What prompted this post was an entry on Gawker this morning that showed a contract Hunter Thompson "signed" from a TV production company. It's hilarious and in its own way, inspiring.
When you read the top 10 quotes, and if you snoop around the web for any of his other writing, it is clear that Thompson was tapped into what makes our social networking, blogging, web-surfing, reality tv, Sims 2, talking heads, consumerist society so pitiable, tragic, alarming. The world shrinks into the palm of our hand, and our imaginations with it. We check our Blackberries every five minutes at our own peril. Virtual life is no life at all. Hunter, I promise to unplug more often, but I don't promise to get high on ether and blow up shit. Do we have a deal?