Sunday, February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson, R.I.P. 

Founding father of gonzo journalism, dead by his own hand at 67.

UPDATE (via our stalwart colleagues at Cursor): Thompson's last column, and a link to the "Hey, Rube" archives at ESPN.

UPDATE II (2/21): Tim Grieve of Salon's "War Room" on Thompson and Bush:
Thompson's memory wasn't always the most reliable, and his story about his Houston encounter with Bush evolved over time. But in the 2004 telling of it, at least, Thompson said the future president had left an indelible impression on him. "He knew who I was, at that time, because I had a reputation as a writer," Thompson said. "I knew he was part of the Bush dynasty. But he was nothing, he offered nothing, and he promised nothing. He had no humor. He was insignificant in every way and consequently I didn't pay much attention to him. But when he passed out in my bathtub, then I noticed him. I'd been in another room, talking to the bright people. I had to have him taken away."

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