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...