Monday, February 21, 2005

Hunter Thompson RIP

Yahoo! News - Author Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself.

This is a shock. I read all the Thompson I could get hold of in the seventies when I was a kid. I became aware of him when I read Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool Aid Acid Test about Ken Kesey. I am sure he is mentioned there in connection with the Hells Angels.

I am sure I remember a film in which he was portrayed by Bill Murray - Where the Buffalo Roam - although its not mentioned in the obit, that I had to go and see in the ICA because it wasn't released theatrically in the UK.

This certainly stirs up some dust for me. Makes me think that I haven't heard anything about Ralph Steadman - his longtime cartoonist collaborator - for ages.

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