Friday, February 20, 2009
4 Years Ago Today: Hunter S. Thompson Dies From a Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound
4 years ago today, the life and work of one of the greatest American writers abruptly stopped as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to to the head. Hunter S. Thompson was many things, but crazy and brilliant are the two best descriptions of the man. Hunter was a journalist and author who became widely known for his book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Thompson is credited with creating "Gonzo" journalism, which is a style of reporting where the reporters involvement in the action ultimately makes them a central character in the story itself. Hunter ingested about every drug under the sun, drank a sea of booze and shot more guns than John Wayne. He was truly "Gonzo". Hunter S. Thompson is one of my all-time favorite writers and he is dearly missed by his friends and fans alike.
Hunter S. Thompson suicide note:
What family and police describe as a suicide note was delivered to his wife four days before his death and later published by Rolling Stone. Entitled "Football Season Is Over", it read:
"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won't hurt."
Here is a poem I wrote on 2/20/2005:
"Requiescat for Hunter S. Thompson"
Sitting here at the typewriter
one beer into the night
I am left to believe that sometimes,
the only way out is -
a way out
another great writer dead
(chose the same method as Hemingway)
Of all the thoughts he had, I wonder
which one was his last?
was it the past or the future that pulled the trigger?
we may never know
Hunter, you left us
but what you gave us:
keys to the locks inside the mind,
words that will never cease to penetrate those who read them...
will never leave us
- Mikeal P. Davis
Bob Dylan - "Mr. Tambourine Man"
Warren Zevon - "Lawyers, Guns and Money"
(these were Hunter's two favorite songs)
at 7:53 AM