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Aenimal
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0 posted 02-22-2005 03:45 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

hunter s. thompson, the man who taught me how to laugh at the absurdity of north american life, stopped laughing at it and took his own.
i hate this world.
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1 posted 02-22-2005 03:54 PM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

maybe he found a better place to laugh?



~~*~~
I'm Standing on a bridge
I'm waitin in the dark
I thought that you'd be here by now
Theres nothing but the rain
~~**~~

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2 posted 02-22-2005 04:36 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

sigh

With his sharp eyed view of the ludicrous, he may well have found the only ending to his story that made sense to the context.

I hate thinking like that, but then, I'm a bit lonelier today than I was before he left us.

I'm with you Raph.
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I feel badly that he did what he did..but why hate the world?
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4 posted 02-22-2005 05:41 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

It's a shock.

He was very much an influence on me, and to lose yet another of my heroes of humor to suicide (I refer to Spalding Gray as well) puts a sobering spin on a personal reality, as well as more than a few thought-provoking questions, that I suppose I can only answer myself.

It's just depressing.
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I agree with Poet DeVine.

Hunter Thompson was one of a kind, a true original counter-culture voice, and indeed we are all just a bit lonelier without him around.

However, I feel at least, his main purpose of writing the ludicrous was for reflectionary purposes. He hoped, perhaps, we would look back on all of this one day and either laugh or find it so very embarrassing. He was that sort of minority voice that also prophesized such things as this, or saw through the walls.

Personally I have found great hope in that the news networks even acknowledged his passing, especially since he's never exactly had any mainstream publishing success since "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". That comes to show he is a true inspiration, and has influenced others who'll follow in his footsteps and, like he did with Nixon and others, analyze the absurdity of others.

Hunter Thompson is an essential voice, but just one of many voices that make up my tapestry of life and inspiration. And I will move on and enjoy and love life with these voices at heart.

Sincerely,
Noah Eaton

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"

Mother Teresa

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6 posted 02-22-2005 08:40 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

thanks lauren, only hunter knows for sure

karen, you nailed it.i've never been this shaken over a 'celebrity' death.the man was a selbstdenker, one of a kind. i can't condone everything the man did or said, but you had to love hunter for being hunter.i honestly believe we've lost one of the greatest writers of our time. his 'gonzo' journalism style was as unique as ee cummings' style was to poetry.in fact,i'd argue hunter was more a poet than a journalist. few had the savage wit,fearlessness and intelligence to write as he did. through all the craziness and wild imagery, few matched hunter's ability to tell it like it is. social commentary at its finest. but i'm not doing him justice so i'll just shut up now.

Sharon, hunter was the definition of 'free spirit', a man who laughed in its face and took life by the...horns. and if this place and all its horrors could finally get to a man like that, well, it just doesn't do much for me.i'm in shock.just been a lousy year over here and this was another slap in the face, so don't mind me.and maybe karen's right, he lived life on his terms and i guess he figured he wanted to die on them too. just hurts to see

Noah yeah he was incredible, as poignant in his ramblings as any 'serious journalists' could be, probably more so. and hunter was equally scathing of the counter culture which spawned him, that's why i loved hunter, he saw the truth in everything. and though he did his best to hide and fight the horrors of those truths, they always caught up with him. but he always moved on, until now.

i'm not a man with heroes, but he's as close as it gets

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7 posted 02-22-2005 11:33 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

"He had more to say about what was wrong with America than George W. Bush can ever tell us about what is right," a fellow writer, Norman Mailer, said in a statement released Monday.
OMG, I just read this.
Damn. Double triple damn. Just yesterday, I was reading some of his stuff at Powells bookstore in Portland, not knowing he had just written the final chapter.
I had not read any news stories for a couple of days, and just learned of his suicide less than an hour ago. *sigh* lighting a candle, for his family, and for his soul's safe journey to wherever he ventures next....
Whoa, to journalism.

(goodbye to Trudeau's 'Duke')

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I just started reading him, myself.
It seems to me that society is doing a strange sort of backlash on itself, I cannot put it into words, just bad all over the place . . . just bad things . . .
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*sigh* Sue, a sort of self-flagellation maybe?

http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum92/HTML/000322.html
hoping everyone understands this is not to say I believe he chose the best option

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http://denverpost.ezboard.com/bdenverpostentertainment If this helps. marty
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11 posted 02-24-2005 08:25 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

rather than the Post story, read what Hunter's son Juan wrote
oops, forgot to copy the link
brb

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20050224-1412-wst-thompson-death.html
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thank you kacy..
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"He believed very much in controlling events rather than being controlled by them."

It is hard to not admire one for being true to oneself.
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14 posted 02-25-2005 12:13 AM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

no matter how bizzare, wild or outrageous, it always made perfect sense in his hands

that's hunter

nite all, see ya hunter
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15 posted 02-28-2005 07:39 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I just read something about Hunter that made me laugh and cry (not surprising, considering it's HUNTER) but in a local newspaper tribute to Hunter, it was reported that when receiving fans at his home, Hunter Thompson would, when asked to autograph any of his books, this author of sometimes dubious acclaim would, instead, shoot a hole through it.

Hmm.

Heh.



Talk about Gonzo foreshadow!

Gotta love it. Check your mail, Raph.
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16 posted 02-28-2005 08:49 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

have you heard how he wants his ashes handled? he wants them shot out of a cannon.

righty-o man.

i was secretly hoping johnny depp would win the oscar so that he'd put in a word about hunter, whom he portrayed brilliantly in terry gilliam's flick a few years back

the Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
~Hunter S. Thompson
 
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