Live steady ~ Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

February 20, 2013
Hunter, Hunter, we barely knew ye, and yet, we knew ye so well.

Yes, a strange world and so much stranger since you left us.
And in some ways, so much less strange.

The amount of substance you ingested would’ve killed a normal man, but you weren’t normal, thank God. It was both your blessing and your curse.
Fear, the only thing worth killing, I think,
and definitely worth having in your sights.
That’s the thing, Hunter.
We really don’t have to look too deeply to find
the wisdom in those statements.
Some people haven’t looked.
But some of us have.
How interesting it would have been for Aspen to have had Hunter as sheriff. 
Very interesting, indeed. A missed opportunity, in my book.
Bet they’re sorry.
The world sure is dull without you, Hunter.
I loved your twisted literature.
Oh, I know, they call it journalism.
I call it literature.
In an October 1957 letter to a friend who had recommended he read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, “Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of individuality, I know that I’m going to have to spend the rest of my life expressing it one way or another, and I think that I’ll accomplish more by expressing it on the keys of a typewriter than by letting it express itself in sudden outbursts of frustrated violence. . . .”*
Hope you’re holding court in that better place,
cigarette and drink in hand, keyboard at the ready.
Sure do miss you, dude.

*Interview, Paris Review. Full interview HERE.

5 comments on “Live steady ~ Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
  1. Ellen Dolgen says:

    These are great lessons to learn from the late Hunter S Thompson! Thanks for these.

  2. Jennifer Comet Wagner says:

    I feel like I know him more than I should due to the old Doonesbury comics with the character similar to him. I also read one of his books in a political science class I took in college.

  3. I was not familiar with the person. I was however familiar with the quotes. That’s for showing us another candle in the wind.

  4. rose says:

    “And in some ways, so much less strange.”

    This. Things are very much so less strange. In many ways, people and mindsets and goals etc have reverted to more traditional one (for want of a better descriptor). Things are definitely not what they used to be (and no that’s not just age speaking – hey you young people get off my lawn etc).

    (I hope you don’t mind the next comment, I would hope it’s complimentary however my ability to convey what I mean might cause it to seem otherwise) You have some interesting blog posts – quite diverse. I’ve seen a post about your trippy University days, and others like this Dr HS Thompson one. I hope you continue to share. I for one appreciate reading these thoughts and experiences. I wish my caregivers had been as ‘worldy wise’ (in more ways than one etc) 🙂

  5. Rose, thanks for your comments. I’m glad you’re enjoying the diversity of posts–my brain is a messy conglomeration of thoughts & concepts that can’t help but spill out here! Would love to know more about you! My email is ccassara (at) a o l

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