The Sound of the Crowd

There’s something happening, but you don’t know what it is, do y

I can recommend the March 24, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone with the tributes to Hunter Thompson. Say what you will about Rolling Stone, and I’ll say a lot, they do tributes up right.

Here they get two or three of their best writers to share memories of the writer and the man, peppered with choice selections from the work itself, of course.

“Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism–which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place.”

Also of course, being Rolling Stone, they flatter a couple of celebrities by printing their typings as though they were writing. Catastrophic in the case of Johnny Depp, but not such a big risk, as it turns out, when it comes to Jack Nicholson or Sean Penn:

“I know I’m in trouble when Hunter is rested.”

And a nice symposium of anecdotes from Hunter’s friends, including the following gratifying sentences from a variety of sources:

“That’s when Ben’s mother came out to see what was going on and found two drunks and her son wearing lipstick and holding a tarantula.”

“To drive with Hunter, in my limited experience, is to first know that you’re going to be arrested…”

“On top of everything, there’s a raging lizard outside.”

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