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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Tucker Carlson on Hunter S. Thompson's Death

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Tucker Carlson

"Hunter S. Thompson died this week, a suicide in his home near Aspen. He was 67 - distressingly young by actuarial standards; impressive given how he'd lived.

Thompson wrote many books over 40 years in journalism, but one great one - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a 1971 account of a drug-fueled road trip through the desert. It is a brilliant piece of writing, with sentences so well-balanced, you could chant them. It may be the funniest thing written during the entire decade.

The book and those that followed made Thompson a hero to a generation of magazine journalists and crypto-libertarians, as well as to people who just like drugs. By the end of his life, he was an icon, perhaps unfortunately.

I was with Thompson last month, in a bar in New Orleans. As he swayed on his stool, fans approached to meet the man who invented gonzo journalism. Most seemed to know him from his portrayal in movies. I got the sense they had less interest in writing like Hunter Thompson than in being Hunter Thompson.

Which is probably just as well. Anyone can take mescaline and drive fast. But to produce a book like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas takes a genius. There aren't many of those around. Now there's one fewer."


 
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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Tucker Carlson on Hunter S. Thompson's Death

Unfiltered
Tucker Carlson

"Hunter S. Thompson died this week, a suicide in his home near Aspen. He was 67 - distressingly young by actuarial standards; impressive given how he'd lived.

Thompson wrote many books over 40 years in journalism, but one great one - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a 1971 account of a drug-fueled road trip through the desert. It is a brilliant piece of writing, with sentences so well-balanced, you could chant them. It may be the funniest thing written during the entire decade.

The book and those that followed made Thompson a hero to a generation of magazine journalists and crypto-libertarians, as well as to people who just like drugs. By the end of his life, he was an icon, perhaps unfortunately.

I was with Thompson last month, in a bar in New Orleans. As he swayed on his stool, fans approached to meet the man who invented gonzo journalism. Most seemed to know him from his portrayal in movies. I got the sense they had less interest in writing like Hunter Thompson than in being Hunter Thompson.

Which is probably just as well. Anyone can take mescaline and drive fast. But to produce a book like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas takes a genius. There aren't many of those around. Now there's one fewer."