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    1978 BBC documentary featuring Hunter S Thompson and Ralph Steadman

    I just finished reading a collection of Thompson's letters when I found this documentary and figured there might be some people on Whitechapel who would get a kick out of it.

    For me Thompson's work was always interesting, even towards the end of his life when he had written himself into an awkward corner where not a lot of what he was saying was very relevant any more. Hell, I even quite enjoyed Kingdom of Fear. I'd be interested to know what other people think of the Doctor of Gonzo and even more interested to hear opinions on whether there's anyone working in journalism today with a similarly weird approach.
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    brilliant.

    i wonder if his monument ever got built...

    and i love bill murray's cameo!
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      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    very cool. thanks for that
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    that video is on the criterion collection version of the fear and loathing movie.
    it's rad.
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      CommentAuthorRik Sunn
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    I remember a bunch of media types with no sense of humor covering the Thompson memorial in a sullen and begrudged sort of way because, after all, JOHNNY DEPP WAS THERE. So obviously, regardless of what they thought of the words coming out of their mouth, that made it news, right?
    • CommentAuthorTim Murr
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    Ah, Hunter...where are ya when we need you the most?
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    I just finished reading a collection of Thompson's letters


    Which collection, I'm currently reading The Proud Highway, and I highly suggest the Rum Diary which looks like it will get the silver screen treatment. By the way, nice find and thanks for sharing.
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    - Scribe

    Aye. It was Proud Highway. The Rum Diary was my favourite novel for several years. The movie has been adapted by Bruce Robinson and has Johnny Depp once again stepping into the role of Thompson's alter ego. You may remember Bruce Robinson as the writer/director of cult classic 'Withnail and I' (for years my favourite movie until I actually became an alcoholic and it stopped being quite so funny). I reckon the adaption is in pretty good hands.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    Love reading his stuff--have Las Vegas and Kingdom of Fear read, have '72 Campaign on my to-do list. Excellent writer, very intelligent, and funny as hell. Shame there aren't many others out there as honest as him.

    As an aside--first heard of him after hearing that Spider Jerusalem was inspired by Thompson.

    As for writing like him--he was most definitely an inspiration, but I wouldn't try to copy his style, out of respect and knowing I wouldn't even come remotely close to his style.