iamkingofpirate (iamkingofpirate) wrote,

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A real post? GASP!

You know, nothing inspires me to return to the blog-o-sphere than new readership, so I think I'll take this opportunity to talk about something that I've been wanting to talk about for a while, but didn't think anyone would care about.

Hunter Thompson.

Now, before you click away (which, granted, you may have already done), this is not going to be a blatantly pandering speech extolling the virtues of gonzo journalism.

I want to talk about the book, The Life of Hunter S. Thompson: GONZO, a book I received for Christmas. It's really an oral autobiography, meaning Jann Wenner (Editor and co-founder of Rolling Stone) and Corey Semour (Another editor for Stone) recorded a bunch of people, including his ex-wives and famous Hollywood actors, and transcribed their statements into a book.

While the setup and premise of the book are non-conventional, what's more amazing is the brutal honesty with which they talk about Hunter. He was a very complex man, much more so than his writings would let on. He had an emotional side, and a very deeply self-destructive self-image. Reading this has given me a new appreciation for what he did as a journalist, but also opened my eyes to what made him the (moderately repugnant) man he became in life.

If you have even a passing interest in HST, I advise reading the book. If anyone wants to borrow it, just let me know.

I'll make a more personal entry later, but for now, I'm getting some early sleep. Arabic comes mighty early on Monday-Wednesday-Friday...

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