Monday, February 21, 2005
....committed suicide today. His body was found this morning at his Colorado home by his son. I disagreed with him politically, but in retrospect, understood his stand as a 1970's form of libertarianism. He parted company with the Left (but not by much) when it came to firearms, so the late Dr. gets huge props in my book. As James Lileks observed..
File under Capote, Truman – meaning, whatever you thought of the latter-day persona, don’t forget that there was a reason he had a reputation. Read "Hell's Angels." That was a man who could hit the keys right.
Thompson invented Gonzo journalism-an intense, activist, involved writing that placed the observer in the middle of the story. Lileks was right; Thompson's later years were a shadow of his previous work. His Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas were two of the great works that announced the death of the 1960's, although HST probably didn't realize it at the time.
I respected him for his gun collection, if nothing else.