Just wanted to share an eclectic icon who wasn't recognized enough-although I suspect he preferred it that way. If you've never heard of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Rum Diaries you know a little about the man. But have you heard the term, Gonzo Journalism? His name is synonymous with the term because he told the truth when he wrote through humor and sarcasm.
I've included a link to a video of Thompson's ashes shooting out of a canon which is the way he wanted to go. So much for 'not with a bang but a whimper', huh?
I encourage you to look up some google images of him as well. Meanwhile, here are some quotes:
“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
"If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.”
“Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why.”
“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I'm not sure that I'm going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says 'you are nothing', I will be a writer.”
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937-February 20, 2005)