Posts Tagged ‘Hunter S. Thompson’

Hunter Thompson fan compiles Hey Rube column online

August 19, 2010

Starting in 2000, Hunter Thompson classed up ESPN online with a column called Hey Rube. While it was ostensibly a sports column, we all knew better, and it offered the doctor an informal outlet both political and personal. This was where Thompson let loose on baseball (not a fan, offered rules including “get rid of the pitcher”) and George W. This is where Thompson was when the planes hit the WTC.

Actually, now that I think about it, Thompson rapped on baseball and GW at the same time at least once:

“Baseball sucks. The World Series is a Fraud and the New York Yankees are a gang of sleazy gold-plated toads. The only pleasure I get out of the Sports section these days is checking the American League standings and seeing the Texas Rangers in last place. … Ho ho. Good ol’ A-Rod, eh? Money means nothing to those jackass thieves in Texas. They are Friends of the goofy Child President, and they are selling enough oil and Energy to the State of California every day of the week to make poor A-Rod’s $250 million salary look like chicken feed.”

For your consideration, the guy behind Totally Gonzo.org put in the effort to compile all of the columns in one place. ESPN had them up in various places and with broken links. Like ESPN, the columns are occasionally uneven, but that’s what you get from a stream-of-conscious writer — mess with the bull, get the horns, as they say.

Read these if you still care about the truth.

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Passage of the Day

July 13, 2010

This one’s from Hunter S. Thompson’s Hey Rube, a collection of his early-2000s ESPN columns:

That is the wonderful perversity of gossip in the 21st Century. Nothing is impossible.

Some things are more impossible than others, however, and the collapse of the NBA is one of these. The only thing wrong with the NBA—or any other professional sport, for that matter—is a wild epidemic of Dumbness and overweening Greed. There is no Mystery about it, and no need to change any rules. The NBA’s problem is so clear that even children can see it—especially high school basketball stars, half-bright manchild phenomena who don’t need college Professors to teach them the difference between Money and Fun.

Ralph Steadman’s The Joke’s Over tells the best

February 16, 2010

“Don’t write, Ralph. You’ll bring shame on your family.” HST.

A recent impulse buy was The Joke’s Over, Ralph Steadman’s account of his 35 years as Hunter S. Thompson’s best friend and most forgiving enemy. In past trips I had a healthy fear of treading through (what I believed to be) a non-writer’s lengthy book. I found my fears justified early into the book—it is somewhat uneven and often repetitious. But the middle portion settles into a pretty solid style, to be jarred apart by a messy ending that I would guess was written first.

That’s not the point. The fact of the matter is that Steadman has more to say, good and bad, about Thompson than anyone on the planet. And Steadman’s take on Thompson is very different from how Thompson chose to have himself perceived. For somewhat silently putting up with Thompson’s evil treatment for so long, while adding significantly to each stage of the twisted legend, Steadman deserves his long-delayed podium. Thompson ridiculed Steadman’s writing and his interests, and almost categorically ignored his non-gonzo artistic works. But Hunter also let him in on his deepest fears, and in his own way ensured Steadman knew he was his most ancient and trusted friend. This strikes me as an honest memoir, and one that sets important facts straight while adding color to the famous parts of Hunter’s life.

Steadman shows off his own brand of bad behavior. And the times Hunter’s greatness reflect through Steadman are the best parts. Steadman’s quotation of a sticky note left on an Owl Creek cabinet is the best passage in the book:

“…To show man the best that is in him; not the most appealing or the most amusing or even the most realistic – but the best, which is rare and common and understood by all of us in all our different ways … to include all the others – the meanest, the cheapest, the most cowardly – as a background and a foreground for something better … to dig in the old scum that covers us all and find something that might be a tool for a man who would use it to fashion his self-respect in a world where all those tools are buried or broken or illegal … and finally to tell it as it is, trying to see it all and especially the best, for to miss that part is to shovel shit on men who were born in quicksand and find no novelty in the heave and smell of doom.”

Hunter enjoyed showing the best. For himself that included a non-existent gun safety record. Steadman indulges in the many times Hunter nearly ended him.

New book of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson interviews

June 19, 2009

Totally Gonzo clues us in on Ancient Gonzo Wisdom, a book of interviews with H.S. Thompson compiled by Anita Thompson. To be released July 6.