Tuesday, February 22, 2005

requiescat in pacem

Hunter S. Thompson took his own life Sunday, with a gunshot to the head.
. I read a bunch of blog responses to his death last night and they left me depressed. Fifteen years ago or so I decided to pray every day for HST, and I regret to say that after staying reasonably faithful to my decision for about a year I let it fall by the wayside. I thought at that time that he was a man of intelligence and heart (yes) trapped by his reputation. His fans were so adoring that the man would have had a terrible uphill battle with his ego if he were ever to drop his wild man mask and reveal the inner Hunter.

A tragedy, all the more so for its failing to be recognized as such. True to form, his fans continue the worship of him in death. His suicide is being hailed as the most fitting end possible. "What else did you expect?" one blogger wrote. "The man was gonzo to the end."

Perhaps I can manage to be faithful to prayer for him now.

Disgusted with myself, Rae


Anonymous said...

Help me Dude, I'm lost.

I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw Elvis in the supermarket yesterday.

No honest really, he was right there in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new plasmatv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a plasma tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger then I'm gonna go home and ask Michael Jackson to come round and watch that waaaay cool surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on my new plasma tv .

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

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