>>7626100 hey, he's a teenager. they don't get taught this at school, because, you know, school is a tool of mind control and doesn't teach you anything worth knowing - but teens learn from observing that strategically it is safer to shit on something rather than praise it. a nervous babby doesn't want to risk saying "I thought the great shark hunt was pretty funny" in case some other babby attacks him for it.
One of the things you have to deal with in this business is being whipped on by brainless freaks and special-interest pleaders. It never ends. On some nights they gnaw on your doorknob, and on others they plot rotten lawsuits and fondle themselves like chimpanzees in rooms lit by 25-watt bulbs. - Hunter S Thompson, "Revenge of the Fish Heads"
>>7626749 It's well known he hated the fact that the Raoul Duke persona had started to lead a life of its own, even back in the seventies. But if he didn't cultivate it he would have been in deep financial trouble. Booze and coke don't pay for themselves you know.
>>7626725 >The Edge... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. he was so edgy he thought the edge couldn't even BE explained
His son published pic related a couple of weeks ago. Tells that he was a huge self-centered insane cunt at times (literally told his son that if he had to choose between buying whiskey and cigarettes and paying his tuition, he'd buy whiskey and cigarettes). The book also offers a very honest description of his failing health and how he handled that, very interesting to read. But kind of sad. >Hunter gradually lost the ability to sustain the necessary concentration to write, almost certainly because of the cocaine and booze. He wasn’t a binge cokehead. Hunter snorted a little bit all day, probably to balance the whiskey, but I’m sure it impaired his ability to concentrate. Then, just as he was a maintenance cocaine user, he was also a maintenance drinker, not a binger. But a fifth of whiskey a day for forty years takes its toll on the body, no matter how strong the constitution. In the last ten or so years of his life, Hunter was often sick with a variety of ailments, sometimes the usual cold or flu, but also things like fungal growths, throat infections, nasal infections, cuts and bruises, and occasional seizures. The cuts and bruises were not a result of drunken stumbling, but instead a result of his decreasing ability to walk unassisted. >There was also the effect of long-term alcoholism on his muscles, something called alcoholic neuropathy, in which the nerves are actually poisoned by the alcohol. Gradually his muscles lost their ability to work properly, and this showed up in his walking, and as incontinence. >Toward the end, in the last year, I remember him standing in the kitchen one afternoon in his bathrobe, and he suddenly cursed and grabbed the bottom of his robe and pulled it up between his legs like a diaper. He didn’t say what had happened, and I pretended I hadn’t seen it and left the room so he could deal with it privately.
I don't think he was all that talented, and certainly he wasn't original. The whole notion of gonzo journalism had been done decades earlier by William Seabrook. He was an unabased self-centered adshole and did a lot of drugs so naturally America loved him
Watch this, it's real sad. His persona gets in the way between him and his interviewers and they never notice. In one part he rather desperately tries to make them see that the "real Hunter S Thompson" they're looking for is a figment of their imagination.
>>7627200 Yeah I've seen that before. If I recall correctly, at one point he berates the BBC 'foreigners' for being so stupid to expect him being the Raoul Duke charicature and not a (relatively) normal person.
>>7627267 >Thought he was a filthy libcuck. Hmm. He beat up a fag at least once and reportedly beat his wife. He also, again, reportedly, refused to visit his gay brother when he was dying of aids. Don't really know about his politics though.
>>7626056 Fear and Loathing is a good book. Idk about his other work. It captured fairly well the bullshit "American Dream" while also giving a fair share of criticism to the 60s counterculture movement.
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