What the Hell Happened to You?
Hunter S. Thompson
Issue date: 2/25/05 Section: Entertainment
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is one of the three folks attributed with creating the 'New Journalism,' more appropriately called Gonzo Journalism, during the 60s and 70s.
Sure he's a great author, a man to whom we owe a great deal of our modern journalistic and literary freedom. This week he took his own life at age 67 by shooting himself in the face at his 'fortified compound' in Apsen.
On the one hand, he was a brilliant writer who pushed the bounds of freedom of speech; on the other hand he was an irresponsible drug addict, the damage he did to the fabric of society completely outweighing the good.
Not only did he become a hero to drug addicts everywhere, but now he's taken the easy way out of hard times. We're not devoid of compassion, but that's just lazy.