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Posts Tagged ‘Hunter S. Thompson’

Michael Hastings Gets Some Posthumous Love from Fox News Journo

TheLastMagazineCoverFrom the latest wave of reviews for Michael Hastings‘ posthumous novel The Last Magazine, out today, one jumps out. A rave in the Washington Post by Fox News chief D.C. correspondent James Rosen:

The [titular] magazine, you’ll not be surprised to learn, is a mid-Manhattan snake pit of literary ambition and fame-lust, where the international editor, an Indian intellectual-cum-socialite, vies with the managing editor, a bow-tied Southern historian, for the throne of editor-in-chief. The publisher has played up the parlor-game angle, and yes, some fun is to be had identifying Media Luminaries skewered here via roman à clef (Fareed Zakaria, Nick Denton, Lally Weymouth, et al.)…

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GonzoFest, Hall of Fame: The Legacy of Hunter S. Thompson Lives On

ShutterstockHunterSThompsonStencilThe second paragraph of Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Joseph Gerth‘s item about the upcoming induction of the father of gonzo into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame contains a notable strand of relativity:

Thompson, who committed suicide in 2005, will be inducted April 29, along with six more traditional journalists including Mark Hebert, who reported for WHAS-TV before going to work in public relations at the University of Louisville, and Lee Mueller, the longtime Eastern Kentucky reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

More traditional… Less inebriated… State it any way you want, this is still fearsome, welcome news.

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Gothamist Deputy Editor Goes Semi-Gonzo

Jen Carlson‘s initial plan was admirable. However, it ran into some predictable problems:

My pitch to live 24 hours like Hunter S. Thompson was killed on account of not being able to procure enough cocaine by 3:45 p.m., the time that Thompson would start to binge on the stuff. Also: lawyers, waivers, etc.

Instead, Carlson grabbed some healthier Trader Joe’s sustenance and put together a string of photos documenting Thompson’s late 1950s and early 1960s Manhattan abodes. The fun of an article like this is the comments, drawing out the latest ramblings of HST fans. A couple of our favorites:

LesFleursDuMal: I’ve seen that [E.G. Carroll biography] rundown on HST’s [daily] routine before and also read that it was made up by a journalist who had an ax to grind with Thompson. But even if it’s HALF true, yeah, he did live like a boss.

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The Doors Break On Through to the iPad Side

It all started when Jac Holzman, who signed The Doors to Elektra Records way back in 1966, started to think about how to turn the legendary LA band’s boxed set into a digital wonderland. The result is a brand new $4.99 digital App from Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment.

In the official announcement, Holzman has a cool description for The Doors App. He suggests that it’s like a “1500-piece jigsaw puzzle in three dimensions, which arrives on your iPad, elegantly pre-assembled.”

If you click “The Story” button, there is a treasure trove of photos, videos and interviews to light your nostalgic fire. As well as essays by everyone from the late Hunter S. Thompson to Patti Smith.

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John Cusack Talks Freedom of the Press, Hunter S. Thompson on Reddit

Actor John Cusack has teamed up with Pentagon Paper whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, writers Glenn Greenwald and Xeni Jardin, documentarian Laura Poitras and Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow to launch a new First Amendment and investigative journalism advocacy foundation called Freedom of the Press. He’s currently fielding an AMA on Reddit about the endeavor… and his new film Rampart.

Plenty of info on Freedom of the Press (whose website appears to be slow/down under the traffic burden) but Cusack also had some interesting things to say about his friendship with the late Hunter S. Thompson:

I spent many many late nights on phone with Hunter through Clinton and Bush years…

Here were his thoughts on the Iraq war Bush & company started:

“We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world — a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us. No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you. “Well, shit on that dumbness, George W. Bush does not speak for me or my son or my mother or my friends or the people I respect in this world. We didn’t vote for these cheap, greedy little killers who speak for America today — and we will not vote for them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever. “Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid rich kids like George Bush? “They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us — they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them.”

HST didn’t mince words.

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Peter Bart on the Failure of Johnny Depp’s ‘Passion Project’

For his latest Variety missive, current VP and editorial director Peter Bart zeroes in on the box office failure of Johnny Depp‘s The Rum Diary. Released over the Halloween weekend, this Hunter S. Thompson derived entertainment has grossed just $12.5 million domestically and a paltry four million and change internationally.

Bart says that it was not for a lack of PR. He notes that although Depp appeared “marginally comatose” during a special one-hour interview with Larry King, the actor was otherwise enthusiastically willing to subject himself to the nightmarish press junket experience. However, according to Bart, there are a couple of bigger problems at work here:

The boozy Thompson was always pissed off, and that’s the paradox of Depp’s biopic. Depp venerated Thompson but was not the actor to play him. In the film, Depp seems pliant, almost benign–a good soul responding to the madness surrounding him.

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Life Magazine Lands Rare Non-Photo Scoop*

When’s the last time Life magazine broke news that did not involve photos of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne or some other iconic, dearly departed Hollywood celebrity? We honestly can’t remember.

Fittingly perhaps, their new scoop* is about how Johnny Depp and his The Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson came within a Hunter S. Thompson smidgin’ of joining the dearly departed club. We are taking a humorous tone here, because that’s how Depp approached it in his Life article interview, describing what happened when the engines of his LA-bound private jet went dead:

“Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, ‘Is this it?’ It was like this weird extended moment when you’re just floating for a second and you could feel this unpleasant descent.”

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Does Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone Piece on Michele Bachmann Qualify as Plagiarism?

According to Poynter, Matt Taibbi‘s  just-posted Rolling Stone piece on Michele Bachmann “borrowed liberally” from a 2006 City Pages cover story written by G.R. Anderson. City Pages writes that Abe Sauer at the Awl called Rolling Stone out in a “point-by-point comparison and got Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates to admit he had deleted several ‘according to City Pages’ references. Bates promised to add link backs into the electronic version of the story, which he did.”

But Anderson, the original author of the story, wants an apology. “I would never want to get anybody fired,” Anderson told City Pages. “But I do want credit where credit is due.” Anderson is currently a journalism professor at the University of Minnesota J-School, and he did say that while he “would not consider what the Rolling Stone contained in it to be plagiarism. That is for other people to decide… [but] I do know that if a student handed in a story with that particular lack of sourcing, not only would I give it an ‘F,’ I would probably put that student on academic fraud.”

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Manager Recalls the Muddying of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Any article that begins with a Hunter S. Thompson quote is fine by FishbowlLA. That’s the case with “The Fortunate Son: Part 5,” a fantastic, must-read excerpted remembrance of the late 1960s rise and fall of Creedence Clearwater Revival, written by the band’s former manager Jake Rohrer.

Rohrer charts the fortuitous timing of the band’s first album with the emergence of San Francisco underground FM radio station KSAN. But just a few years later, the wheels started to come off for CCR in 1970 as they hired powerful PR firm Rogers & Cowan:

It was among several questionable moves the band adopted at the time to help establish CCR at the top of the heap, somehow ignoring the fact that they had already arrived there on their own… The firm conceived what we came to refer to as “Night of the Generals,” a gala [San Francisco] press junket where we flew in all the prestigious rock journalists from all over the country. We put them up at Berkeley’s Claremont Hotel, wined and dined them at the “Factory,” CCR headquarters in Berkeley…

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The Best Possible Reply to the Best Journalism Want Ad in the World

A short while ago, we posted what is arguably the best journalism want ad in the world, placed by Mathew Doig of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, who seems like a man who knows what he wants. Doig is looking for “the type of sicko who likes holing up in a tiny, closed office with reporters of questionable hygiene to build databases from scratch,” and the ideal candidate has:

[C]ursed out an editor, had spokespeople hang up on them in anger and threatened to resign at least once because some fool wanted to screw around with their perfect lede.

Credit goes to Lapham’s Quarterly for identifying the perfect applicant for the job. Unfortunately for Doig, he is already dead.

That applicant would be author Hunter S. Thompson circa 1958, who sent a cold-call letter to the Vancouver Sun when he was just 21, offering his services as a reporter. The letter is a classic:

I’d rather offend you now than after I started working for you. I didn’t make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him and everything he stood for…

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