Monday, February 21, 2005

Remembering Hunter S. Thompson

PHILIPPE NAUGHTON, TIMES, UK - Iain Sinclair, the British cult writer, said that Thompson had ended up as "quite a conservative figure" in his mountain retreat surrounded by guns.

"I suppose the shock of his death is that he hung on so long, because the ghost of Papa Hemingway was looming over him for a very long time," Sinclair told BBC Radio 4's Today program. Ernest Hemingway, Thompson's hero, shot himself at his home in Ketchum, Idaho, in July 1961, after his heavy drinking had ruined his health. . .

In 1970 Thompson ran for sheriff in Pitkin County, Colorado, losing by a handful of votes after campaigning for drugs to be decriminalised and Aspen to be renamed Fat City. Since his Republican opponent had a crew cut, Thompson shaved his head entirely and peppered his speeches with the phrase "my long-haired opponent."

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