So long. Page 2 : Shotgun Golf with Bill Murray — This may be the last published piece by Hunter Thompson who apparently killed himself this last weekend. I can’t say I was pals with Thompson, but I knew him and chatted with him a lot when he was writing for the SF Examiner. Among other things I helped move him off the typewriter to computer assisted writing in the 1980’s. “OK, so computers are our friends then?” he once said to me. I think this was after he shot one.

Another comment I recall was that his primary literary influence was Faulkner. I don’t know who, if anyone, ever reported that. But once he told me I could see it in his writing.

He was an interesting fellow obviously tormented by all sorts of inner demons. Most remarkable, to me, was his attentiveness when you’d discuss your take on his writing. He seemed fascinated by anyone who didn’t seem to think his material was crummy. I get the suspician that this was because of editors. I used to hear them moan about his inability to meet deadlines and his style. Thus, over the years, he ended up at ESPN online instead of the New Yorker. Now he’ll be praised as a genius. But nobody will explain why, if he was such a genius, THEY never hired him.

Both Johnny Depp and Bill Murray played Thompson in movies and both were pretty near close to Thompson’s weird mumbling style of communication. Depp was probably closer. According to the local writers in San Francisco, Hunter was the great hope of the fiction community. The next stage after Hemingway kind of thing. Drugs and alcohol were blamed for this never happening. But that never stopped Hemingway or others before him. Thompson, along the way, just wasn’t interested enough to take his own importance seriously.

As an aside he used to hang out with all sorts of Washinton types and always claimed that G. Gordon Liddy was “Deepthroat.”

If you liked him I’m sure toasting with a tumbler of Chivas 12 would be appropriate.

related link:
The original HST Homepage. Hopefully it will remain intact for a while.
Excellent interview with HST in Salon.

  1. smoked out says:

    to jiimaan who left post number 15, you are obviously an ignorant piece of work, and it is you who is the hypocrite, you say that you never read any of thompsons work yet your critising him? guess you really don’t get it, and as a answer to your comment about taking his own life, the diference between you and hunter is that the world will be a darker place without him, if you offed yourself the world would be a better place, so do us all a favour……

  2. game time says:

    let’s face it there can never be another gonzo journalist but if you go by hunters example you will find that he opened doors for us aspiring writers and journalists to come up with our own style of writing. thanks for turning reality into words hunter you will be missed

  3. Sir Duncan says:

    What a writer

  4. Aaron Cooper says:

    This is most definitely a dark day for humanity, a grim meat hook reality that we all took, hook line and sinker. But there are always some of us not born of this world for this world and the doctor was of this understanding of life. I know he isn’t going to read this….But dammit Man! He can Hear It. ….
    ….Strange Memories on this nervous night in las vegas, Has been five years, Six? It feels like a lifetime, the kind of peak that doesn’t come again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of, but no mix of words or music. Feelings or sensation can touch that sense of knowing that you alive in that corner of time in the world whatever it meant…

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