Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. Hunter S. Thompson


Happy Birthday Hunter, from Last Word Books and Press.

The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was born on this day in 1937.


Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He first came to popular attention with the publication of Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1966), although the work he remains best known for is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971), which was first serialised in Rolling Stone magazine.


Thompson became a counter cultural figure as the creator of Gonzo journalism, an experimental style ofreporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories. He had an inveterate hatred of Richard Nixon, who he claimed represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character"[4] and who he characterised in what many consider to be his best book, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. He was known also for his lifelong use ofalcohol and illegal drugs; his love of firearms and his iconoclastic contempt for authoritarianism.


While suffering a bout of health problems, he committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 67.


1 comment:

Brandt Hardin said...

Thompson has influenced the past few generations with his invention of Gonzo Journalism. The Good Doctor broke the mold on writing and changed the world and the voice of counter-culture. His work and antics will live on to influence even more generations to come. I paid tribute to Hunter S Thompson and his work with my portrait and article on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/02/in-memoriam-hunter-s-thompson.html