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(Russia Today)   FBI admits their file on journalist Hunter S. Thompson is Gonzo   ( rt.com) divider line
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2012-10-11 07:10:25 PM  
3 votes:
In honor to you, you honorably crazy SOB, I post one of your works: The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.

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/I wonder what his output of these elections would've been?
2012-10-12 03:36:15 PM  
2 votes:
To those of you saying his writing went downhill in the last 30 years, read "Hey Rube" and then STFU. Just because it's not a novel, doesn't make it bad writing. Some of the points he makes in those articles ring louder and truer today.
2012-10-11 09:42:49 PM  
2 votes:
The thing about the FBI under Hoover was their power to embarrass people to keep them in line with their image.

You couldn't embarrass HST. I suspect most of HST's file was references to things that could embarrass other people.
2012-10-11 08:21:08 PM  
2 votes:
There's a manic quality to his writing that makes you imagine it being said, in this increasing pace, with this intuitive, natural rhythm to it, where you realise that the words he's stuck to the paper are just the ones that stopped squirming long enough for him to use his pen like a nail. Love the guy's work, what I've been able to read.
2012-10-11 07:46:04 PM  
2 votes:
Carl Sagan, George Carlin, and Dr. Thompson are awaiting me at the bar of my idea of a cool afterlife.
2012-10-11 06:42:44 PM  
2 votes:

Dogberry: oldfarthenry: *mumble-mumble-mumble-SCREAAAAAAAAM-BANG-BANG-BANG*

We miss you HST, you crazy bastard.

Can you imagine his take on Romney? Also, Matt Taibbi, you are no HST.

I think his disdain for both political parties would be more accurate.

And the FBI probably destroyed it because they didn't want it getting out that they wasted a lot of funding on following around a functional drug addict.
2012-10-12 05:02:44 AM  
1 vote:

skantea: Hold on to your heroes.

Or just make up your own fantasy because it makes a dull life interesting
2012-10-12 02:08:08 AM  
1 vote:
I wish he was around now. I miss his perspective. That is all.
2012-10-12 01:09:46 AM  
1 vote:
Hunter Thompson was involved with the Franklin Cover up and was about to spill his guts about who else participated in the kid-diddling. Then suddenly committed suicide.


Conspiracy Of Silence - Franklin Cover Up
2012-10-11 11:13:13 PM  
1 vote:
campaign trail `72 is everything you need to know about politics.

between all the Raoul Duke/live-up-to-the-image silliness (which is fun), the good doctor could nail the truth at the heart.
2012-10-11 11:07:48 PM  
1 vote:

fastfxr: I miss HST.

Bet him and the man upstairs get high as a mofo...

It should be quite a party, as Elvis Costello once opined, if there is a gawd, he drinks good single malt scotch and listens to the Pogues. With HST in the mix, that would be a great eternal party.
2012-10-11 10:25:59 PM  
1 vote:

spaten: intelligent comment below: Cpl.D: The fed frowns on that sort of thing.

And with one fine stroke you admitted you know absolutely nothing about the O.G.A

HST Big Sur Hunting Fish Early 60's:

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Yep, OGA... Looking at the radical writers... Henry Miller...et al. Who lived on the California Coast. Who was turned in the end knew the limits of what he could say...

HST was cool as shiat...but there is something more.

The "Other Government Agency" has always loved having professors and other intellectuals as sources or at least on friendly terms. The FBI since Hoover has always been the straight edged Puritans but the CIA was cowboys with expensive toys. The FBI frowned on the shenanigans of the agency. This is the CIA that for fun some agents would slip acid in each others drinks. Gun and drug running. Etc. They would have loved someone like Hunter and I wouldn't be surprised if he was paid once in a while for information or to write something on their behalf.
2012-10-11 10:08:12 PM  
1 vote:
Operation Mockingbird is probably why HST was so anti establishment and arm everyone. The CIA hired journalists in the 50's to do undercover work in the Caribbean, hence the 'Rum Diaries'.

Operation Mockingbird

The reformed OSS goes anti-commy, hated his assignment and was later attached to the Hells Angels...

Just conjecture....
2012-10-11 09:22:54 PM  
1 vote:
Hunter was, and is, a HUGE influence on me. One of the reasons I moved to Colorado. It is true that nealy everything after 1980 was just articles and self parody. However, catch 'the Curse of Lono'. It his book on brand new craze of 1980 - running. It is also masterfully drawn by Steadman, of course.

I am Lono!
2012-10-11 09:10:24 PM  
1 vote:
The "fear an loathing" works are seminal in journalistic history. Like so many authors, Thompson went downhill pretty fast from his peak. As far as any files, well, given who the man was and what he got up to, how could he not have the usual sorry-ass FBI filea? It ended when Thompson left a mess: his brains all over the kitchen for someone else to clean up. Rule #1: don't leave a mess. The guy sure knew his way around drugs well enough to do it cleaner. Not a good end game, really.
2012-10-11 08:54:26 PM  
1 vote:
From ArticleArgus Leader Media reporter Cody Winchester received 58-pages of documents from the National Archives after the FBI told him that "records responsive to your FOIA request were destroyed on Feb. 1, 1994 and Sept. 1, 1998."

As much as love HST's writing and personality; I always thought he was affiliated with the CIA at some point in his career. The records were destroyed before he was dead.

/I know tinfoil hat, but he had some pretty interesting takes on government, that made me think he was an insider at some point.
2012-10-11 08:41:04 PM  
1 vote:

IWood: IWood: Omahawg:
also, shotgun suicide is really unfair to the people you leave behind to clean up your mess. just ask hunter's hero ernie hemingway.

Which is probably Thompson used a handgun.


Because he was dieing and wanted to go out with some dignity.

2012-10-11 08:20:19 PM  
1 vote:
Hunter's elegy for Nixon is a thing of pure beautiful hatred:

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2012-10-11 07:45:06 PM  
1 vote:

Gyrfalcon: Any FBI agent trying to follow HST around would be a deranged mess trying to stay awake for 19 straight days on speed and then sleeping for a week and a half. No normal person can do that.

You never have just one. For starters you need to be around him 24/7 and second, you can't have the same person following him around all the time, that's too obvious as the person will pick up something so obvious even if they aren't paranoid.
2012-10-11 07:25:29 PM  
1 vote:
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never forget the great samoan dream

the brown buffalo is a pretty good read.
2012-10-11 07:25:11 PM  
1 vote:
And nobody cares. I've had it with this bullshiat. DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? Go down to the bookstore, in the window, you'll see who I am. This comment form...I can't DO A GOD DAMN THING WITH IT. And there's...what's that? This works like this now. I see. There's no excuse for this.
2012-10-11 07:24:49 PM  
1 vote:
"There goes one of God's own prototypes. A powerful mutant of some kind. Too strange to live. Too rare to die."
2012-10-11 07:16:27 PM  
1 vote:
From the Kentucky derby piece:

Why not? Money is a good thing to have in these twisted times. Even
Richard Nixon is hungry for it. Only a few days before the Derby he
said, "If I had any money I'd invest it in the stock market." And the
market, meanwhile, continued its grim slide.

... I see nothing has truly changed :C
2012-10-11 07:13:08 PM  
1 vote:

Omahawg: good early stuff quickly burned out on believing his own legend and then wrote self-parodying shiat for 30 years.

also, shotgun suicide is really unfair to the people you leave behind to clean up your mess. just ask hunter's hero ernie hemingway.

It was a .45.

I took a late-night phone call from him (he wanted info on Ted Rall) and made a late-night visit to his house.

2012-10-11 07:03:23 PM  
1 vote:
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar as thinly disguised J Hunter

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2012-10-11 06:58:05 PM  
1 vote:
Even in Australia, HST is a highly regarded legend of 20th century literature and journalism. One of the greatest Australian journalists, whose career was tragically cut short by a very aggressive brain tumour, Matt Price, was certainly no HST but his capacity to write about (Australian rules) football as if it were politics and politics as if it were football (he did both equally well) was clearly inspired by HST.

I think it's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, one of the greatest works ever written about realpolitik, where HST describes how appalled he was that it turns out he wasn't on Nixon's famous 'enemies' list (else its somewhere in The Great Shark Hunt). I'm sure he'd be glad to know that the FBI considered his file worthy of destruction. The suggestion by SteamingPile that it was because the FBI didn't want the world to know how much effort they'd wasted on him may be true too, but I'm sure countless activists, academics and Washington types dine out every night on stories that their FBI files were destroyed for national security reasons when the truth is they were just a waste of time.
2012-10-11 06:57:35 PM  
1 vote:
"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." -HST in response to Ford pardoning Nixon

I miss that farker.
2012-10-11 06:50:28 PM  
1 vote:
HST was crazy before the drugs.

/Father grew up with him
//Had a personal note inside his copy of the Hell Angels book he wrote
2012-10-11 06:42:43 PM  
1 vote:
America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

/small>miss you buddy
2012-10-11 06:42:28 PM  
1 vote:
In one of his stories--the Cozumel "Stryker aluminum yacht" one--he describes how he stayed ahead of the PI trying to hit him for the hotel bill by forcing the poor fool to adapt to his and his companions' weirdo drug schedule. I absolutely believe it. Any FBI agent trying to follow HST around would be a deranged mess trying to stay awake for 19 straight days on speed and then sleeping for a week and a half. No normal person can do that.
2012-10-11 04:52:19 PM  
1 vote:

We miss you HST, you crazy bastard.
2012-10-11 04:50:28 PM  
1 vote:
Meh - RT.

HST was more trustworthy than they are and I actually believe HST exaggerated most of his drug use. If he said he did 20 hits of acid, 3 ounces of coke and drank 4 bottles of JD, he probably only did shiats of acid, did 3 grams of coke and drank 2 bottles of JD.

Take RT News with a similar grain of salt.
2012-10-11 04:44:27 PM  
1 vote:
While it might have provided some interesting reading, it's HST's reaction to it I would have appreciated.
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