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June 3, 1998
Re James P. Pinkerton's May 28 Column Right: Pinkerton wonders about liberals bragging of "opposite-sex groping in such cortex-blowing quantities." If Pinkerton can cite two examples of that type of braggadocio in Hunter S. Thompson's writings, I will gladly revise downward my high estimation of "Uncle Duke." If he cannot, I will conclude that Pinkerton suffers from "audience envy." ROBERT A. PATTERSON Los Angeles I don't think there is anybody who would benefit more from a trip to Las Vegas with Thompson than that junior George Will, James Pinkerton--except maybe Will himself.
June 5, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
An ancient plant eating lizard that looked like an iguana but was closer in size to a German shepherd has been named after Jim Morrison, the late troubled and charismatic lead singer of the Doors. It is called  Barbaturex morissoni . The lizard's name was chosen by Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a hard-core Doors fan since college. PHOTOS: 10 shocking facts about turtles "Morrison really liked lizards and snakes, and his lyrics and poetry used a lot of descriptions of ancient places," said Head.
April 6, 1989 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
The crowd that packed Bogart's in Long Beach on Tuesday awaiting the arrival of journalistic hit man Hunter S. Thompson seemed less the typical rock-club hoppers than a convention of cornered bookmakers. Most weren't putting money on whether the celebrated godfather of gonzo journalism would win or place in the first of two rare personal appearances at the club, but simply whether he would show.
April 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Big and beefy with a scraggly beard, Shane Smith looks more like an aging roadie than a thrill-seeking foreign correspondent or a budding media mogul. But Smith is both those things. Vice Media Group, the company Smith co-founded and is chief executive of, has gone from a single magazine aimed at tattooed teeny-boppers to a media empire with more than 30 offices around the globe, a large digital presence, a record label, an advertising agency and a book publisher. The closely held Vice is projected to hit nearly $200 million in revenue this year and has a valuation approaching $1 billion, according to people close to the company.
"I have weird dreams," Hunter Stockton Thompson says. "I never expected to be looking over my life, page by page. It's like an animal eating its own intestines." It is 3:45 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, and he is perched like a barn owl on a high stool in his kitchen, eating not innards but a TV dinner, microwaved and then slathered with a hellbroth of mysterious mustards, chutneys and chili sauces. The plate suddenly glows with an unearthly light.
It is, as the Doctor might say, a nasty little tale. It's a story of naked lust or maybe vicious treachery. Either way, it's tawdry to the bone. The doctor, a.k.a. Hunter S. Thompson, is the eccentric bestselling author and guru of gonzo journalism who has been a cultural icon to political junkies and college students for 20 years with his commentaries and tales of wild living and drug abuse.
April 11, 1993 | JOHN SCHULIAN, Schulian, 16 years in the newspaper business behind him, is a television writer and producer
The last memorable thing I read by Hunter Thompson was written in his own hand on sheets from a legal pad. There were maybe a dozen pages in all, and atop the first one, he had printed NOT FOR PUBLICATION in red ink, a warning that forced the magazine editor showing me Thompson's missive into grudging acquiescence. The hell of it was, this was something the world should have seen--the good doctor of gonzo journalism carving up the pornographic film industry, skewering producers for their abject greed and at least one female star for being meaner than Roberto Duran.
June 29, 1997 | PAUL KRASSNER, Paul Krassner is the publisher of the countercultural journal The Realist and the author of numerous books, including his latest collection of satiric sketches, "The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race" now in paperback from Seven Stories Press. His album, "Brain Damage Control," will be released in July by Mercury Records
Imagine how Hunter Thompson might have covered the O.J. Simpson trial. Phil Bronstein, executive editor at the San Francisco Examiner, told me, "I thought Hunter would be the perfect person to write about the trial." They even met at a waterfront restaurant to discuss that possibility. "Hunter's face was all banged up," Bronstein recalled. "He claimed he had gone night-diving and scraped his face on a rock.
March 3, 2005 | George S. McGovern, George S. McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1972.
As the candidate who lost 49 states to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, I have always been pleased that among the precious few who thought I would have made the better president was Hunter S. Thompson, who went to his untimely grave saying that I was "the best of a lousy lot." Thompson's position was that I was "honest" -- except for one "wicked moment" when I attended Nixon's funeral and said a few sympathetic words to his family and friends.
April 17, 1988
Regarding your item on this year's winner of the Harry's Bar & American Grill Hemingway contest (Book Review, April 3): Gordon (Satch) Carlson is a weekly columnist for Autoweek Magazine and probably has strong claims to additional titles, such as the Hunter Thompson of motorsport, or perhaps the Art Buchwald of racing. It is a pleasure to learn that Satch takes time out to play with words for fun, and I appreciate very much your having reprinted his winning parody. At best, I'm sure no one else came close.
September 8, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Sometimes what I think the Pulitzer committee is after, humor-wise, isn't just one epic exposé, as per last week's gem on rotten-tomato fights. It's a body of hard-hitting work. That's what leads me to this steamy parking garage in Burbank, looking for Deep Throat. My investigative partner is my buddy T-Bone (not his real name), who is also overdue for a Pulitzer, which is named - bet you didn't know this - for a St. Louis publisher responsible for some of the most exploitative journalism of all time.
November 4, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times
Toward the end of "The Rum Diary," the film based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, there's a scene that appears to come straight from the author's vintage work. Two journalists are sitting around a derelict San Juan, Puerto Rico, apartment, having just ingested an unknown hallucinogen. Nothing happens until one of them — a Thompson stand-in named Paul Kemp, played by Johnny Depp — sees the other's tongue start to grow out of his mouth like some tubular pink snake. Depp humps and haws, his mannerisms not unlike those he used when playing Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," a portrayal modeled closely on Thompson himself.
October 23, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Though "The Rum Diary" began as a semiautobiographical novel about a young journalist in Puerto Rico written by the pre-fame Hunter S. Thompson, in many ways the book also belongs very much to Johnny Depp. Depp came across the manuscript, begun in 1959 and not published until nearly 40 years later, while rummaging through Thompson's papers alongside the writer in the years before his death. And Depp now stars in and helped produce the film version of "The Rum Diary," opening Friday.
February 11, 2010 | Chris Erskine
I am here in search of Sonja Henie, my first Olympics ever. They should've known better, obviously. In fact, when they first mentioned my going, I just assumed it was some sort of hoax. The Olympics, really? What do I know about the Winter Games? To me, they are Jim McKay in my father's sweater and 500 dudes named Sven. Besides, I don't travel particularly well. Me flagging a media bus in a new city is like Charlemagne chasing the Saxons. But OK, whatever. I like the snow. And I adore that Sonja Henie.
April 2, 2009 | Peter Y. Hong
Sometimes the truth hurts. Real estate salesman Jim Klinge doesn't care. Cruising through the sunny hills of Carlsbad in a massive silver Mercedes-Benz, he looks like any other pitchman of the California dream. But Klinge, 50, has become a notorious Internet chronicler of the real estate crash in north San Diego County, where he has lived and worked for decades. Rather than downplay the greed and excess that caused the region's travails, he revels in exposing them.
December 12, 2008 | Carolyn Kellogg, Kellogg is lead blogger for Jacket Copy, The Times' book blog.
How did Hunter S. Thompson capture the manic, drug-fueled energy of his reportorial pursuits? He was a mad genius, but he had help: He carried a tape recorder. Now, the recordings he made starting in California in 1965 and ending in Saigon in 1975 have been released for the first time in "The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson," a five-CD set from Shout! Factory. Thompson's estate, including his son Juan and second wife, Anita, thought a CD release of the tapes would be a good idea after they cooperated for "Gonzo," the recent documentary film.
October 5, 1986 | Morgan Gendel
Hunter Thompson's minions are in town, trying to drum up interest in a movie/videocassette/TV project from the world's best-known gonzo journalist. "A hipster's '60 Minutes,' " is how producer Ross Milloy refers to the proposed documentary-like program that he and pal Thompson tentatively call "Hunter Thompson on Patrol." "Or a sort of non-fiction version of 'Saturday Night Live.'
May 6, 1990
Your article, "Gonzo Time," (April 23) on Hunter Thompson explains why the United States still has a terrible drug problem. Thompson's admiring lawyer complains that "Colorado has real nasty drug laws" because some drug counts might lead to jail time for the guilty. He also says, "The government loves to pick people off." An admitted drug user, Thompson labels himself the "last dope fiend," but his friends protest when his outrageous behavior and drug possession leads to his arrest.
July 4, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Movie Critic
To make a documentary, you must be passionate about the subject. But too much admiration can lead to a film with more of a fan's view than is good for it. Such is the case with "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson." Certainly there is a lot to admire about Thompson, a gifted writer who, along with Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese, is considered to be one of the founders of the style of writing called New Journalism, also known as creative non-fiction. And "Gonzo," directed by Alex Gibney, is filled to the top with admiring celebrities -- including Wolfe, singer Jimmy Buffett, and politicians such as former president Jimmy Carter and presidential candidate George McGovern -- offering encomiums to Thompson's talent.
November 2, 2007 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
THIS is a sad book -- tragic, really. Here's an alternate subtitle: "How the Most Promising Writer of His Generation Blew His Gig." In giving us this "oral biography" of the late Hunter S. Thompson via recollections of friends and colleagues (the most thorough portrait of Thompson thus far, it is the sixth book about him and probably not the last), Rolling Stone founder Jann S.
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