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He was absolutely one of my favorite writers in the World, and I haven't been affected by such a literary loss since the untimely passing of Douglas Adams.
Bon Voyage, Doc. It's been pure Gonzo.
As an example. From his last column for ESPN's Page, he asks his friend "Are you ready for a powerful idea?" People just don't think like that, write like that. Just by adding that one word 'powerful' it completely changes that sentence. *sigh* I'll stop, I'm rambling and probably not making much sense....
I'd like to think that his final action came from a "powerful idea", and not from sadness or self-pity.
I also wonder if a note was left, and if so, whether we'll ever be able to know what it said.
Go to ESPN's Page 2 (on their web site) and you can view most of the archive of Hunter's articles that he wrote for them.
For fans of "Where the Buffalo Roam" (funny enough, Thompson's least favorite movie in the world) I highly recommend that you CTRL-F "Fore!" (as mentioned by Mona in a previous post).
It's the last article he wrote for them, and it highlights a fantastic exchange between him and Bill Murray where he calls Murray at 3am and proposes that they start a new sport called "shotgun golf".
Before Johnny Depp had his turn at the role in "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas", Bill Murray played Hunter in "Where the Buffalo Roam".
To really get a good idea of who the man really was, and how true to life those on-screen portrayals of him really were, I highly suggest you find a copy of the Criterion Collection Fear & Loathing. One of the best DVDs I've ever owned.
Does this emphasize a generation gap here at WW? I thought the recent passing of Arthur Miller [silverchips.mbhs.edu] was, no less sad, but more noteable.
Funny coincidence, about 3 weeks ago someone brought up the movie out of the blue, I was watching spider man 2, finally, and someone pointed out that Toby Maguire was the hitchhiker in fear and loathing.
He has influenced many writers over his time, one of them being a good friend of mine. Thompson will definately be missed by many...