The Definition Of Eccentric

If you were trying to capture the essence of Hunter S. Thompson with a single word, eccentric might be the single word that could encompass all of the many chapters of Thompson’s life. He left the world with a bang, literally, by committing suicide Sunday evening.

Thompson’s legacy – gonzo journalism – in many ways was the first manifestation of the form of writing many of us practice today, though not nearly as well. From the Washington Post obituary:

Hunter S. Thompson, whose life and writing, vivid and quirky reflections of each other, made him one of the principal symbols of the American counterculture, shot and killed himself yesterday at his home near Aspen. His son telephoned authorities, according to the Associated Press.

Thompson, 67, was a practitioner of personal journalism, pouring thoughts and ideas onto the page in a style that was vividly his own and that brought him cult-like status and widespread recognition.

He was the author of books on politics and American society that were regarded as groundbreaking among journalists and other students of current affairs in their irreverence and idiosyncratic insights.

Among those for which he was famed are “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.”
I’ll be the first second to say it… Thompson was the grandfather of the blogging movement.

Via Michael King

Additional coverage: Michelle Malkin is rounding up reaction posts.

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