February 21st, 2005

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I am sad that Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide.
The obituaries will say he was famous for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but some of the other books are better. Hell’s Angels is a terrifying piece of writing, and it was his political journalism that proved the most influential, especially Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, covering George McGovern’s ill-fated 1972 presidential run against Nixon.

The trouble with Thompson is that it isn’t very sophisticated to be in awe of him. He turned out to be everything I had imagined and more, speaking with passion about freedom, and a visceral hatred for the "low-rent punks" who corrupt the American Dream. He was a symbol, especially now, of a far better country.