Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson Again -- The Trickle Becomes a Flood

More HST obits, reminisces, and farewells:

Tony Pierce, and again.

Ken Layne.

It strikes me that HST has perhaps even greater relevance for the blogger class, who at their best (or at least my favorites) owe the Good Doctor some substantial debt in their blithe interweaving of personal anecdote with reportage and comment. Blogging, like Gonzo Journalism, militates against any sort of Ivory Tower point of view.

UPDATE: More, a somewhat critical counterpoint, and links, from Obsidian Wings.

A commenter to the ObWi post, provides the following:

We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the world - a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us....No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we'll kill you.

Who does vote for these dishonest skinheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush?

They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us -- they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis.

And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them.

--Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

And now I've reached the end of my poking around on this. It's just too depressing.

UPDATE 2: Regarding HST as blogger, kos beat me to it.


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