gonzo liberal's Left Hook

[ Saturday, May 28, 2005 ]



Hunter Thompson, of course, was an inspiration.
No, I didn't particularly like the way he checked out, but I liked the way he checked in.
Life as art.
Egocentrism as dogma.
...and, of course, mental illness on parade.
The line between genius and madness is dynamic; the fucker keeps moving around.
Hunter proved that madness sells, and he set out to challenge the limits of what would sell and what was mere excentricity.
In so doing, he stood for all who find themselves excentric in an increasingly conformist society.
The whole concept of "gonzo" is about fullness, about integration, about ignoring or pushing the lines and boundaries that separate ignorance from understanding.
I hope it doesn't come to stand for insipid excess, or meaningless expression.

from the article;

Organizers of a memorial for Hunter S. Thompson plan to erect a 150-foot structure -- courtesy of actor Johnny Depp -- to shoot the gonzo journalist's ashes onto his Colorado ranch.Friends and acquaintances gathered Thursday to discuss the Aug. 20 invitation-only service, which will be six months after Thompson shot himself in his Woody Creek home.Jon Equis, the event producer working with Thompson's family, said the tower will be 12 feet wide at the base and 8 feet wide at the top, where a cannon will be placed.Depp, who portrayed the author in the movie version of Thompson's book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, will pay for the tower, designed to resemble Thompson's "gonzo fist" emblem.As Thompson requested, his ashes will be shot out of the cannon onto his property.Equis said the tower will be constructed far from Woody Creek Road and covered with a black drape before the service to discourage tourists. A public event is expected to be planned later to commemorate the writer's life.The August event will consist of "spoken word and live entertainment," Equis said. The cannon will be fired around sunset.The event organizers must get the plans reviewed by the Pitkin County Community Development Department, but Thompson's widow, Anita Thompson, was supportive. She said the event will be a celebration.

Rest in pieces, my friend...

gonzoliberal [11:02 AM]