“There are times, however, and this is one of them when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It’s a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die.”
Indisputably recognized as the creator of gonzo journalism – a subjective amalgam of fact and fiction – Hunter S. Thompson is one of America’s greatest chroniclers.
Not just of tequila-soaked, drug-fueled mayhem, mind you.
In all of his works, he opines, philosophizes, and occasionally rambles. His subject is sometimes not entirely clearn, but his notions about life, love, and the state of the world at large continue to resonate today. He was fearless in his expression, never afraid to speak his mind. It’s writers like this that help us, even years after his death, to put things into sharper perspective.
This piece was inspired by Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson in Terry Gilliam’s cinematic adaptation of “Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas.” I hope you enjoy it.