Dr. Hunter S. Thompson was not a shallow, selfish schmuck.
Al Barger on Blogcritics.org leads with:
- “Hunter S Thompson was a shallow, selfish schmuck.”
Then Mr. Barger quickly allows:
- “Now, he made some at least moderately valuable contribution to the art of letters. His first person narrative style was innovative, and highly readable.”
The second statement of Mr. Barger seems to be far more accurate than the first.
No less than Henry Allen in The Washington Post called Thompson the “Prose Laureate of the Age of Paranoia.”
And look what President Jimmy Carter and Pat Buchanan have to say about Hunter below.
Schmuck?! I don’t think so. Talk about shooting a dead man in his grave. Simply unconsciousable.
A tribute to the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson appears in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. The magazine published many of Thompson’s original gonzo journalism pieces and editor Jann Wenner should be acknowledged for its risky publishing.
“These are sad days here at ROLLING STONE. This morning I cried as I struck “National Affairs Desk: Hunter S. Thompson” from the masthead — after thirty-five years. Hunter’s name is now listed with Ralph Gleason’s on what Hunter would have called “the honor roll.” Hunter was part of the DNA of ROLLING STONE, one of those twisting strands of chemicals around which a new life is formed. He was such a big part of my life, and I loved him deeply.”
Here are a few highlights of the issue via washingtonpost.com:
President Jimmy Carter:
“Hunter Thompson was a delightful, unpredictable and unforgettable friend of mine for more than 30 years. He interviewed me for many hours, tape-recording extensive conversations about every conceivable subject, some of which were quite discomforting. Later, I learned, with some relief, that he had lost all the tapes.
Thompson threatened my press secretary, Jody Powell, if he didn’t gain immediate access [for a re-interview]. One night he even built a fire in front of Jody’s hotel-room door in an attempt to smoke him out.”
Pat Caddell (George McGovern strategist on the ’72 campaign): [On a white-knuckle car ride with fellow passenger Warren Beatty and Thompson at the wheel].
“He nearly drove them off a bridge into the Potomac. He was jumping the medians and scaring the [expletive] out of everybody.”
Pat Buchanan (aide to Richard Nixon during the ’68 campaign):
“Hunter and I were holed up in some hotel in Nashua [New Hampshire] and discovered that we were in possession of either a gallon or a half-gallon of Wild Turkey. I had a lot of stamina in those days, and the two of us stayed up all night arguing fiercely about communism — it got pretty vicious by dawn.”