Despite his having personally described his work as "Gonzo", it fell to later observers to articulate what the term actually meant.
Thompson, in a interview in Playboy addressed the issue himself, saying "Unlike Tom Wolfe or Gay Talese, I almost never try to reconstruct a story.
Along with Joe Eszterhas and David Felton, Thompson was instrumental in expanding the focus of the magazine past music criticism; indeed, Thompson was the only staff writer of the epoch never to contribute a music feature to the magazine.
But if there were living, identifiable humans in a scene, we took certain steps You knew you had better learn enough about the subject at hand to know when the riff began and reality ended.
Hunter was a stickler for numbers, for details like gross weight and model numbers, for lyrics and caliber , and there was no faking it. Thompson often used a blend of fiction and fact when portraying himself in his writing as well, sometimes using the name Raoul Duke as an author surrogate whom he generally described as a callous, erratic, self-destructive journalist who constantly drank alcohol and took hallucinogenic drugs.
Fantasizing about causing bodily harm to others was also a characteristic in his work used to comedic effect and an example of his brand of humor.
A number of critics have commented that as he grew older the line that distinguished Thompson from his literary self became increasingly blurred.
Hence, both his writing style and persona have been widely imitated, and his likeness has even become a popular costume choice for Halloween.
Thompson was a firearms and explosives enthusiast in his writing and in life and owned a vast collection of handguns , rifles , shotguns , and various automatic and semi-automatic weapons, along with numerous forms of gaseous crowd control and many homemade devices.
He was a proponent of the right to bear arms and privacy rights. Part of his work with The Fourth Amendment Foundation centered around support of Lisl Auman, a Colorado woman who was sentenced for life in under felony murder charges for the death of police officer Bruce VanderJagt, despite contradictory statements and dubious evidence.
Thompson was also an ardent supporter of drug legalization and became known for his detailed accounts of his own drug use. In a letter to his friend Paul Semonin, Thompson explained an affection for the Industrial Workers of the World , "I have in recent months come to have a certain feeling for Joe Hill and the Wobbly crowd who, if nothing else, had the right idea.
But not the right mechanics. I believe the IWW was probably the last human concept in American politics. Thompson is seen in several scenes wearing different Che Guevara T-shirts.
Additionally, actor and friend Benicio del Toro has stated that Thompson kept a "big" picture of Che in his kitchen.
After the September 11 attacks , Thompson voiced skepticism regarding the official story on who was responsible for the attacks.
He speculated to several interviewers that it may have been conducted by the U. In , Thompson wrote: Thompson wrote a number of books, publishing from to the end of his life.
As a journalist over the course of decades, Thompson published numerous articles in various periodicals. He was also guest editor for a single edition of The Aspen Daily News.
The Essential Writings of Hunter S. Wenner, who also provided an introduction to the collection. Thompson wrote many letters, which were his primary means of personal communication.
He made carbon copies of all his letters, usually typed, a habit begun in his teenage years. The first volume, The Proud Highway was published in , and contains letters from to Fear and Loathing in America was published in and contains letters dating from to A third volume, titled The Mutineer: As of January , it has yet to be sold to the public.
It contains a special introduction by Johnny Depp. Accompanying the eccentric and colorful writing of Hunter Thompson, illustrations by British artist Ralph Steadman offer visual representations of the Gonzo style.
Steadman and Thompson developed a close friendship, and often traveled together. Thompson was an avid amateur photographer throughout his life and his photos have been exhibited since his death at art galleries in the United States and United Kingdom.
The film has achieved something of a cult following. The film was written and directed by Bruce Robinson. The Crazy Never Die.
Wayne Ewing created three documentaries about Thompson. The film Breakfast with Hunter was directed and edited by Ewing. All three films are only available online.
In Come on Down: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: The Gonzo Patriots of Hunter S. Thompson , produced, directed, photographed and edited by Blue Kraning, is a documentary about the scores of fans who volunteered their privately owned artillery to fire the ashes of the late author, Hunter S.
Thompson held at the Denver Press Club. The film premiered on January 20, , at the Sundance Film Festival. The play was revived for the Vault Fringe Festival in A Brutal Chrysalis is a one-man show about Thompson written by Paul Addis, who also played the author.
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