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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hunter S. Thompson shot himself in the head on Sunday night at his home in Colordao. The following is an excerpt from probably his best known work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream which laments the passing of the '60s.

"We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark -- the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

King of Gonzo !

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

King of Gonzo !

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

It's worth repeating Wocca

5. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

If there had been any spare space in the tube i was on when i read the story in the paper, i would have fallen over. I always hoped Hunter would go out in blazing high-speed drug-crazed glory on an interstate somewhere, and somehow manage to send us back one last piece of Gonzo genius on the way. Alas.

I would say RIP but i find it unlikely.

6. Posted by hippiechic (Budding Member 43 posts) 11y

wow...that's sad...makes my heart have a little hiccup.
Funny thing, human suffering. Do you think that Torment is necessary to have real creativity? i mean, many many creative geniuses that i can think of...Frida Kahlo, Hunter S., Bob Marley, (ummm i know there are millions more who's names are all trotting around in the dark corners of my mind, jsut can't remember them right now...) William S. Burroughs, Billie Holiday etc etc...just think of all that creative GENIUS...that all stemmed from the torment of their souls. so is torment necessary to create the beauty and genius that we see, or not? perhaps the beauty is that it touches our souls and creates emotion in us...my ex-bf used to tell me that he liked being depressed b/c he felt it made him a better poet/writer...i thought that was kinda sick, but maybe he makes a valid point.
any thoughts?

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

absolutely necessary yes....i mean people rarely write or compose when they are happily occupied - they're too busy being happy.

Take my mother - she's a poet. She hates her best poetry because it was her most painful labour..she doesnt see that's what gives it it's brilliant edge. She reads it and sees wallowing and heartache and suffering. I read it and it releases the grid-lock in my head, it inspires me.

I hate her "happy" stuff...not because it's "happy" - it's just bland (sorry Mum )

Sylvia Plath is one of my favourite poets and her work is chillingly desperate. She's writing about death and suicide but it makes me feel ALIVE just reading it.

Real suffering leads you to look for an outlet for your pain/grief/anger. That emotion is the engine driving your work. Suffering destroys inhibition so you are less concerned with the result of your work, less affected.....and therefore it is more real, I suppose.

I'm probably expressing this really badly.
Anyway HC, I think your ex had a point, yeah.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting hippiechic

i mean, many many creative geniuses that i can think of...Frida Kahlo, Hunter S., Bob Marley, (ummm i know there are millions more who's names are all trotting around in the dark corners of my mind, jsut can't remember them right now...) William S. Burroughs, Billie Holiday etc etc...just think of all that creative GENIUS...that all stemmed from the torment of their souls.

Torment does fuel creativity. And, we like the end result because we make our own connection with it. But, that darkness also extinguishes the creative flame, possible before it's time... "Happy works" don't touch our deep, dark secret place. And, I think we use other's "torment" as a way to express our own feelings without using our own words.

I also write and the best stuff came out of the worst of times. As with samsara's mother, happy is just plain boring.

Add Spalding Gray to that list of tormented souls - another creative genius.

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Spooky thought for the day:

I was listening to the radio driving into work this morning and I heard that when they found Hunter S. at his home he was slumped over his typewriter. He had typed one word before shooting himself in the head.

Counsellor

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Spooky thought for the day:

I was listening to the radio driving into work this morning and I heard that when they found Hunter S. at his home he was slumped over his typewriter. He had typed one word before shooting himself in the head.

Counsellor

And the "WORD" was?