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A Gonzo Guide to the Republican National Conventionnew

Forty years after Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72, the Republican National Convention returns to Florida. On August 30, Mitt Romney will don a sleek suit and flash his Vaseline smile to a sea of pale-skinned delegates in Tampa. He will compliment the city on hosting the four-day, $123 million orgiastic event. And he will implore the crowd to obey the banners hung from the rafters: "Believe in America."
Westword  |  Michael E. Miller  |  08-24-2012  |  Politics

The Rum Diarynew

Johnny and Hunter do Puerto Rico.
East Bay Express  |  Kelly Vance  |  10-31-2011  |  Reviews

Hunter S. Thompson's Widow Speaks About Her Husband and Her Booknew

Anita Thompson was taking a semester off from college when she met Hunter through a mutual friend in 1999. Soon after, she began organizing the unpublished manuscripts and photographs from his archive, which consisted of about 1,000 boxes in their basement.
New York Press  |  Gerry Visco  |  09-10-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Comparing Jay Bybee's Torture Memos & 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'new

For Bybee as much as for Thompson, reality must be mitigated, banished or defeated. Thompson uses drugs, and Bybee plays with the law until it goes blind.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Richard Abowitz  |  05-14-2009  |  Commentary

Hunter S. Thompson: Behind the Shadesnew

A new biography from William McKeen -- Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson -- surveys the literary legacy of gonzo's guru.
Creative Loafing (Tampa)  |  Wade Tatangelo  |  08-14-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Where Has All the Gonzo Gone?new

In the first presidential election since the death of Hunter S. Thompson, we finally realize what we've lost.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  07-31-2008  |  Media

'Gonzo' Tells the Story of the Reporter Who Became the Storynew

Alex Gibney's last two feature documentaries, Taxi to the Dark Side and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, are more important works of journalism than anything Thompson could bring himself to write in his later years. Compared to those movies, Gonzo feels a little soft and boomer-indulgent with its 10,000th rehash of the Nixon years and its soundtrack of trite 60s anthems.
Chicago Reader  |  J.R. Jones  |  07-07-2008  |  Reviews

New Doc on Hunter S. Thompson Examines His Bond with Richard Nixonnew

It was part of the American genius for polarization that Thompson saw Nixon as his doppelganger, his mirror. Nixon was his dark shadow. Or maybe it was the other way around.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  07-02-2008  |  Reviews

Gone with the 'Gonzo'new

Remember when journalism was cool and everybody wanted to be a reporter?
East Bay Express  |  Kelly Vance  |  07-02-2008  |  Reviews

'Gonzo' Looks into the Minds of Hunter S. Thompsonnew

Gibney says that he was drawn to his latest subject largely because of that persona. "He was a guy who didn't play by the rules, and it seems like we need a guy like that around now, when the rules are being used against us by people in power."
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Cheryl Eddy  |  07-02-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Uncle Gonzo: A Madman Ahead of His Timenew

Paul Rubin knew the journalist when he was more "gone so" than gonzo. Hunter S. Thompson relied on what was left of his reputation to chisel money out of people and to court and mistreat a much younger woman.
Phoenix New Times  |  Paul Rubin  |  03-08-2005  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Writer Left the World the Way He Lived -- With a Bang

A journalist who fell under the spell of "gonzo" writer Hunter S. Thompson recalls an encounter with the author.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Bruce VanWyngarden  |  02-21-2005  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

The Doctor Gets Brandednew

Perhaps there are those who log on daily to and dig up columns by former print journalism mavens like Hunter S. Thompson. More likely, ESPN could repackage Ernest Hemingway for a live web chat and few wanderers among the cluttered sports media landscape would take notice.
New York Press  |  Spike Vrusho  |  09-08-2004  |  Nonfiction

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