I’m a massive fan of the Hunter S. Thompson, the man, and of his work. I miss not having him around and hearing his take on things. I was recently having a twitter conversation with @raoulduke and he was saying how much he didn’t miss The Good Doctor. Apparently he always felt that HST was glomming off of him. I told him I didn’t want to get in the middle of it all.
Like Van Morrison says: “Professional jealousy, makes other people crazy. When they think that you’ve got something they don’t have”.
One thing that HST had (that maybe Raoul didn’t) was Wisdom.
In a previous post
I talked about the book Hunter’s wife, Anita
, put out, “The Gonzo Way” (have a read of the post at the end of the “previous post” link provided for more detail on what I am about to discuss). The video I made has almost 7,000 hits on YouTube. I still reference the book on a daily, if not, weekly basis. I agree with the premise/philosophy/”Way” of Hunter Thompson…the Man.
In an effort to keep it top of mind, I recorded an audio version of the summary of the book I created for the video. I play it in the car on the way to work. I’m attaching it here if anyone wants to download it or just have a listen from time to time. It is only five minutes long, but it will stick with you all day.
I already sent it to Raoul and even he agreed it is a king hell message that only fools would ignore.
Speaking of books by Hunter’s widow…there is a new one out: “Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson”. Here is the link to Amazon
(I just order my copy) and a link to NPR where you can find an excerpt
from the book.
I like to take long drives to clear my head. Don’t you?
“Never try and be like anyone else”. – HST
Good advice, Hunter. Hunter knew how to walk the talk, too. In a long history full of pioneers and trailblazer, Hunter was one of America’s best. He was uncompromising in methods and unquestionably patriotic. HST is a heavy influence in my life and not for all the reason that you may think. There is another angle to Hunter that the masses do not know about nor have bothered to investigate. His widow, Anita Thompson, put together book in the months after his death called, “The Gonzo Way
“. It is a tribute of sorts to the man that Hunter was and the wisdom
that Anita and those around him soaked up.
His wisdom. as I see it, reflects a very existential existence. It is up to you as to who you are and who you project yourself to be. Your choice…your responsibility…(and as a result) your freedom to live the life you want to on your own terms. One of the bits of wisdom that I pulled out of the book was a quote by Hunter: “To see life clearly, to live it like a champion, not taking abuse from anyone, you have to develop your own set of rules.” There was so much more to Hunter than Fear & Loathing and that is why I appreciate Anita’s book so much.
Around the time it came out, I got a new Apple Macbook Pro and I was giving all the bells and whistles a test run. I was using the Apple version of powerpoint (“Keynote”) and I created a presentation the Gonzo Way as I saw the book. I used the upload to YouTube feature and whala…I posted my vid online. Through the power of the interweb, the wisdom spread. Within a couple of days I had over 1,000 views (almost 7k now), a few emails and even a mention from Anita on her “Owl Farm Blog” (see it here). Very cool. I even exchanged a an email with her on the video & book. I hit the nerve center. Righteous.
The book puts forth the Seven Lessons:
Have a watch of the vid and learn a bit more about the lessons and to soak up some of the wisdom youself. Also, enjoy the Bob soundtrack (Mr. Tambourine Man was a front-row song for HST).
If you want a closer look a the presentation, I attached the PDF of it.