Hunter S. Thompson
bendy at duke.edu
Mon Feb 21 11:55:17 EST 2005
> I can't put into words how disheartening it is to me that Thompson committed suicide.
As someone raised by a hard-drinkin', big-game-shootin' journalist born
in the 1930's, I can tell you that the shadow of Hemingway looms large
for the alpha-males of that generation. Kerouac too. This one seemed as
predictable as Spaulding Grey, in retrospect.
Saw him speak around 1987. Showed up for the gig two hours late, sat
down with a bottle of cognac on the table in front of him. He didn't
read anything, just fielded questions. He wasn't particularly witty in
his responses. Started ranting about the apathy of the younger
generation. All and all, a pretty sad show.
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