Appreciation: HUNTER S. THOMPSON

Hunter S. Thompson, 1937-2005

At this moment in our checkered cultural history, when buff young hotties eat cockroaches on Fear Factor just to get on TV, it's comforting to think about HUNTER S. THOMPSON, somebody for whom extreme behavior was neither a pose nor a ploy. Thompson, who committed suicide on Feb. 20 at his home in Woody Creek, Colo., at the age of 67, was best known for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, an account of a lost week he spent reporting from the gambling capital and succumbing to ranting, hallucinatory, pharmaceutical paranoia. The book is subtitled A Savage Journey to...

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