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(truTV)   Hunter S. Thompson would have turned 75 today. I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but here are 20 of his greatest quotes   (trutv.com) divider line 91
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2012-07-18 12:16:06 PM  
Fear And Loathing On A Tech Support Call

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2012-07-18 01:17:43 PM  
Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas was a farking awesome movie and book.Johnny Depp deserved the farking Oscar instead of Tom Hanks or whoever douche won it.
 
2012-07-18 01:41:36 PM  
Gonzo Papers, Vol. 1: The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time, is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Especially the stuff about the Kentucky Derby and his football reporting.
 
2012-07-18 02:14:57 PM  

John Buck 41: Fear And Loathing On A Tech Support Call

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Heh. I came to link the same thing. It never gets old.
 
2012-07-18 02:33:58 PM  
JUST TELL ME ABOUT THE farkING GOLF SHOES!!!
 
2012-07-18 02:39:56 PM  
MY HERO...
 
2012-07-18 02:40:07 PM  
If you haven't yet, read:

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

A "must read" in my opinion.
 
2012-07-18 02:43:50 PM  
"Generation of Swine" may have been his last masterwork (though many enjoyable things would tumble out of him those last 20 years or so). Highly recommended, as is "Rum Diary".
 
2012-07-18 02:46:42 PM  
 
2012-07-18 02:48:39 PM  

The_Philosopher_King: If you haven't yet, read:

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

A "must read" in my opinion.


I learned more about the American political system from this book than from the classes I took in college. Perhaps the finest book written about the subject.
 
2012-07-18 02:51:30 PM  
Johnny Depp was on Kimmel recently and told a great story about a time he and Thompson were hanging out. Don Johnson, Thompson's neighbor, decided to come over about 3am. HST says to Depp "grab some weapons," and they go hide in the bushes near the entrance. When Johnson pulls into the drive, Depp and HST jump and proceed to unload their weapons into the sky.

"He didn't come in."
 
2012-07-18 02:52:08 PM  
"Every GOP administration since 1952 has let the Military-Industrial Complex loot the Treasury and plunge the nation into debt on the excuse of a wartime economic emergency."

I would have said 1981, since I was born in 1974, but I subscribe. The Wall Street & Fortune 500 Corporate Chomplex takes the rest by pretending to be US job creators? Who knows. Mahalo.
 
2012-07-18 03:10:02 PM  
I saw Fear and Loathing in the theater. I was 19 at the time, and stone cold sober. It is still the only movie I've ever seen where the visual affects alone made me feel high after the movie was over. Happily, I wasn't the person driving the car that night, because I kept expecting the road to warp, or signs to wave at me.
 
2012-07-18 03:12:45 PM  
Here's one of my favorites:
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2012-07-18 03:14:29 PM  
One of my favorite passages of his, on Ford pardoning Nixon:

If I followed my better instincts right now, I would put this typewriter in the Volvo and drive to the home of the nearest politician--any politician--and hurl the goddamn machine through his front window ... flush the bugger out with an act of lunatic violence then soak him down with mace and run him naked down Main Street in Aspen with a bell around his neck and black lumps all over his body from the jolts of a high-powered "Bull Buster" cattle prod.
- "Fear and Loathing in Limbo: The Scum Also Rises," 10/10/'74

I miss the shiat out of that guy.

/Res ipsa loquitur
 
2012-07-18 03:21:47 PM  
He was a brilliant writer, a insanely fun person and a total attention whore. It was impossible for him to be in a room and not be the center of attention. If the conversation strayed for even a second he started making loud grunting noises and waved his arms around wildly.

He also had a weird habit of forcing people to read his work aloud while he "conducted" them.U

And boy did he drink and do a lot of drugs. He shared everything but the Coke. (which he inhaled through a bic pen instead of snorting). It was always madness at Owl Farm. I was so angry when he offed himself.
 
2012-07-18 03:28:36 PM  
"The Menace is loose again, the Hell's Angels, the hundred-carat headline, running fast and loud on the early morning freeway, low in the saddle, nobody smiles, jamming crazy through traffic and ninety miles an hour down the center stripe, missing by inches . . . like Genghis Khan on an iron horse, a monster steed with a fiery anus, flat out through the eye of a beer can and up your daughter's leg with no quarter asked and none given"
 
2012-07-18 03:36:31 PM  
well that decides it, I'm going by the library for lunch and knocking a few books off of my to read list.
 
2012-07-18 03:41:10 PM  

T.M.S.: He was a brilliant writer, a insanely fun person and a total attention whore


That was more or less my impression of him as well. I doubt I could have become a "friend" of his, but the combination of drugs and gun lust that Hunter had should lead to an epic, unforgettable night.
 
2012-07-18 03:47:58 PM  
FTFA:
HST, or Dr. Gonzo

I don't think that is correct.
 
2012-07-18 03:50:05 PM  
He completely phoned everything in for the last two decades or so, though
 
2012-07-18 03:53:05 PM  

The_Philosopher_King: If you haven't yet, read:

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

A "must read" in my opinion.


Came here to say this. Read it in 1980 when I was a junior in high school. Sparked an interest in politics that I still have
 
2012-07-18 04:07:46 PM  

Killer Cars: T.M.S.: He was a brilliant writer, a insanely fun person and a total attention whore

That was more or less my impression of him as well. I doubt I could have become a "friend" of his, but the combination of drugs and gun lust that Hunter had should lead to an epic, unforgettable night.


Every night was unique. The only consistent thing was booze, drugs and some sort of violence. Mostly with knives and swords. I only knew him the last 6 years of his life and he had backed off on the guns quite a bit by then. (mostly because he shot his wife by accident)
 
2012-07-18 04:10:23 PM  

Mugato: Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas was a farking awesome movie and book.Johnny Depp deserved the farking Oscar instead of Tom Hanks or whoever douche won it.


This x 10000.

/Rest in peace,you magnificent bastard.
 
2012-07-18 04:11:36 PM  

peewinkle: The_Philosopher_King: If you haven't yet, read:

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

A "must read" in my opinion.

I learned more about the American political system from this book than from the classes I took in college. Perhaps the finest book written about the subject.


Damn straight
 
2012-07-18 04:17:09 PM  
What are people's thoughts on the movie "The Rum Diary"? Although it stayed true to the source material, I thought it was incredibly subdued for an HST book/movie. Of course, this was from a very early part of HST's life, where he was still trying to find his voice and style, long before Gonzo journalism.
 
2012-07-18 04:17:13 PM  
His quote on 9/11 is kinda depressing. Because it's so damn true.
 
2012-07-18 04:19:28 PM  

T.M.S.: only knew him the last 6 years of his life and he had backed off on the guns quite a bit by then.


I just want to apologize in advance for the fact that, if you and I were ever to actually meet, I might pester you relentlessly on any stories you'd have about him.
 
2012-07-18 04:20:48 PM  

The Banana Thug: What are people's thoughts on the movie "The Rum Diary"? Although it stayed true to the source material, I thought it was incredibly subdued for an HST book/movie. Of course, this was from a very early part of HST's life, where he was still trying to find his voice and style, long before Gonzo journalism.


As someone who doesn't really do drugs, but could describe my drinking as "the upward end of social" I could find it more easy to relate to.
 
2012-07-18 04:20:50 PM  

The Banana Thug: What are people's thoughts on the movie "The Rum Diary"? Although it stayed true to the source material, I thought it was incredibly subdued for an HST book/movie. Of course, this was from a very early part of HST's life, where he was still trying to find his voice and style, long before Gonzo journalism.


I thought Rum Diary was an excellent film. But I'm not a huge fan of the Fear And Loathing film. Although Depps performance was pathologically realistic.
 
2012-07-18 04:22:44 PM  

The Banana Thug: What are people's thoughts on the movie "The Rum Diary"? Although it stayed true to the source material, I thought it was incredibly subdued for an HST book/movie. Of course, this was from a very early part of HST's life, where he was still trying to find his voice and style, long before Gonzo journalism.


That certainly explains why the movie was so....lethargic,despite the best efforts of Ribisi,Jenkins,Eckhart and,of course,the luscious Amber Heard.
 
2012-07-18 04:24:10 PM  
He shot himself while talking to his wife on the phone and while his son sat in the next room.

Yeah, he was a great guy.

If you're going to kill yourself, do it in a secluded outside area and phone police right before you pull the trigger so your family doesn't find your body.
 
2012-07-18 04:24:32 PM  
"We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon. "

my favorite quote, although #12 is up there too.
 
2012-07-18 04:28:38 PM  
He didn't commit suicide. He was assassinated.
 
2012-07-18 04:32:09 PM  
Fear and Loathing is his most popular book, but Hell's Angels is such a facinating read and personal favorite. And of course he covered politics like no one had or has since.
 
2012-07-18 04:36:11 PM  
Love his Nixon obit...

"If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin."
 
2012-07-18 04:45:52 PM  
There was one exact moment, in fact, when I knew for sure that Al Gore would never be President of the United States, no matter what the experts were saying -- and that was when the whole Bush family suddenly appeared on TV and openly scoffed at the idea of Gore winning Florida. The old man was the real tip-off. The leer on his face was almost frightening. It was like looking into the eyes of a tall hyena with a living sheep in its mouth. The sheep's fate was sealed, and so was Al Gore's.
 
2012-07-18 04:47:00 PM  
Missing one of my favorites:

"You better take care of me Lord, if you don't you're gonna have me on your hands."
 
2012-07-18 04:48:55 PM  
An awesome documentary narrated by Johnny Depp is on Netflix streaming.
 
2012-07-18 04:55:47 PM  
I've not learned so much as to realize my own ignorance.
 
2012-07-18 04:56:40 PM  

PanicMan: Fear and Loathing is his most popular book, but Hell's Angels is such a facinating read and personal favorite. And of course he covered politics like no one had or has since.


Same here. I should acknowledge, however, that I saw the film (Fear and Loathing) before I read the book and I thought it was just a bunch of "dude, I'm trippin' BALLS!" gags with no plot or substance. I tend to find other people's accounts of their binges quite boring. It was only after I read a quote from The Hell's Angels here on Fark a few years back that got me interested in reading his books. I read some of his articles/excerpts in Rolling Stone in the 90's, but that was it until The Hell's Angels. I then went back and read Fear and Loathing and found it to be a well-written piece of prose and critique of the war on drugs, etc. I never would've put up with the self-indulgent style Fear and Loathing was written in, though, if he hadn't earned some credibility with me via the drier, more journalistic, even academic tone of The H.A.

The Rum Diary was a semi-autobiographical novel. He was trying to fit into the business of literature, which wasn't his calling.
 
2012-07-18 04:58:00 PM  
One of the finest ass crazy sumbiatches America has managed to produce.
 
2012-07-18 05:01:28 PM  
"The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now with somebody and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives."

11 years later...
 
2012-07-18 05:30:59 PM  

NorCalLos: Same here. I should acknowledge, however, that I saw the film (Fear and Loathing) before I read the book and I thought it was just a bunch of "dude, I'm trippin' BALLS!" gags with no plot or substance


I took from it that the pointlessness of the boomer generation was the whole point.
 
2012-07-18 05:38:58 PM  
I think the film Where the Buffalo Roam is hugely underrated. Yes, as a film, it was a complete failure. But you can see within it moments of "what might have been" greatness. It also bonded Bill Murray and HST to the point that Murray was imbued with Thompson's spirit for a whole year after the movie. Not to mention a heartfelt Neil Young soundtrack.
 
2012-07-18 05:43:08 PM  
"The PATRIOT Act was a dagger in the heart, really, of even the concept of a democratic government that is free, equal and just.

Wonder what he would say about NDAA?
 
2012-07-18 05:58:25 PM  
Just bookmarking the thread for later ebook fodder.
 
2012-07-18 06:17:08 PM  

hammettman: I think the film Where the Buffalo Roam is hugely underrated. Yes, as a film, it was a complete failure. But you can see within it moments of "what might have been" greatness. It also bonded Bill Murray and HST to the point that Murray was imbued with Thompson's spirit for a whole year after the movie. Not to mention a heartfelt Neil Young soundtrack.


THIS
I just watch WTBR last weekend. It had been about 20 years since I had seen it last. Peter Boyle was awesome in it as well.
 
2012-07-18 06:21:30 PM  

The Banana Thug: What are people's thoughts on the movie "The Rum Diary"? Although it stayed true to the source material, I thought it was incredibly subdued for an HST book/movie. Of course, this was from a very early part of HST's life, where he was still trying to find his voice and style, long before Gonzo journalism.


Mugato: NorCalLos: Same here. I should acknowledge, however, that I saw the film (Fear and Loathing) before I read the book and I thought it was just a bunch of "dude, I'm trippin' BALLS!" gags with no plot or substance

I took from it that the pointlessness of the boomer generation was the whole point.


That seems like it makes sense. Would you care to elaborate? My interpretation of Fear and Loathing was framed by The H.A., so I was thinking "war on drugs, clueless law enforcement, sensationalist media, American gluttoness comfort, etc."

FYI: There was a Rum Diary thread when the movie came out.
 
2012-07-18 06:31:06 PM  

Onkel Buck: Wonder what he would say about NDAA?


There's an NDAA passed every year or recently every other year. The NDAA was never the problem, a couple of the items in it were a problem. And the administration didn't exactly jump to enforce them either.
 
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