April 19, 2004
Re "Not Across My Daughter's Big Brass Bed You Don't, Bob," Commentary, April 16: My hat is off to Leslie Bennetts for having the chutzpah to make the implicit, explicit. As a poet, a male, a pacifist and a soon-to-be 50-year-old with his draft card still in a personal archive, I wondered, as I heard of Bob Dylan's newest enterprise, if I'd gotten stuck in one of writer-journalist Hunter Thompson's mind warps. What comes next? A JFK line of unisex thongs? Chicago Eight body jewelry?
May 30, 1990 |
Prosecutors asked today for dismissal of drug possession, explosives and sexual assault charges against Hunter Thompson, saying their case against the "gonzo" journalist was not strong enough. The dismissal motions, to be heard Thursday in Pitkin County District Court, said potential witnesses had not cooperated with district attorney's office investigators.
February 21, 2005 |
Hunter S. Thompson, the counterculture literary figure who rode with the Hells Angels, famously chronicled the Nixon-McGovern presidential race and coined the term "gonzo journalism," committed suicide Sunday night at his secluded home outside Aspen, Colo., his son said. Thompson was 67. "Hunter Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek," Juan Thompson said in a statement.
February 26, 2005 |
In the course of a long and memorable afternoon some years ago, the late Irving Howe sighed, waved a finger and admonished an avid younger writer that "the critic should always hesitate." Later, the listener -- still dizzy with the compliment of the great man's company -- carefully copied the aphorism into his notebook. And if, as happened, the younger man subsequently came across other versions of it in several of Howe's published talks and essays, he valued it nonetheless.
February 11, 2010 |
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.
November 27, 2000 |
Hunter Thompson once described sportswriters as "a kind of rude and brainless subculture of fascist drunks whose only real function is to publicize & sell whatever the sports editor sends them out to cover . . . Which is a nice way to make a living, because it keeps a man busy and requires no thought at all."
April 10, 1990 |
Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson says drug and sexual-assault charges filed against him are part of a "witch hunt" because of his anti-Establishment views. Thompson, 52, was charged Monday with five felony drug charges and three misdemeanor counts, including sexual assault, stemming from a Feb. 21 incident at his Woody Creek home. Thompson pleaded not guilty to the three misdemeanors. No pleas were entered on the felony charges, but a court date of April 23 was set for a preliminary hearing.
April 22, 1992 |
Three strikes and he's out: Anyone holding tickets for Hunter S. Thompson's canceled Coach House show over the weekend can get a refund at the place of purchase or exchange them at the box office for other shows at the club. This is one show club officials say they won't be rescheduling. "I might schedule a flight to Aspen to tell Thompson personally what I think of him though," talent buyer Ken Phebus said Monday.
April 2, 2009 |
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.
November 4, 2011 |
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.