Too weird to live, too rare to die
October 13, 2012 4:27 AM Subscribe
posted by the man of twists and turns (27 comments total)
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"2. Airman Thompson
possesses outstanding talent in writing. He has imagination, good use of English, and can express his thoughts in a manner that makes interesting reading
3. However, in spite of frequent counseling with explanation of the reasons for the conservative policy on an AF base newspaper, Airman Thompson has consistently written controversial material and leans so strongly to critical editorializing that it was necessary to require that all his writing be thoroughly edited before release." - A memo regarding Airman Second-Class Hunter S. Thompson's reporting for the base newspaper.
The phrase 'Fear and Loathing' was a common refrain is his reporting: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail in '72
, re-released last summer with a forward by Matt Taibbi
, about which Taibbi was interviewed by the Village Voice
Fear and Loathing in America
, written almost immediately after the 9/11 attacks.
The phrase spawned copycats: Fear and Loathing in Tampa
, the Miami New Times guide to that 2012 Republican National Convention. And followers: Fear and Self-Loathing In Las Vegas
, 40 years later (previously
A page from the FBI file on 'Hunter Stockton Thompson.'
Thompson wrote for Playboy Magazine
: The Curse of Lono
, about a trip to Hawai'i. Playboy
also published 10 years of correspondence between their editors and Thompson, previously
. He wrote He Was A Crook
) on Nixon's death. Ian Johnston, at The Quietus
, wrote an interview in 1998 that wasn't published until 2011
. Thompson was also interviewd in The Paris Review
I just usually go with my own taste. If I like something, and it happens to be against the law, well, then I might have a problem. But an outlaw can be defined as somebody who lives outside the law, beyond the law, not necessarily against it. And it's pretty ancient. It goes back to Scandinavian history. People were declared outlaws and they were cast out of the community and sent to foreign lands—exiled. They operated outside the law and were in communities all over Greenland and Iceland, wherever they drifted. Outside the law in the countries they came from—I don't think they were trying to be outlaws . . . I was never trying, necessarily, to be an outlaw. It was just the place in which I found myself.
Johnny Depp writes in The Daily Beast
about Thompson, and John Dolan at the eXile
calls him A Hero Of Our Time
in his obituary. Self Made hero
covers some details
of Thompson's childhood.
Previously: the article The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved
, a 75-minute documentary titled Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride