[FoRK] Gonzo Suicide

Luis Villa luis.villa at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 19:37:42 PST 2005

I'm guessing part of the shallowness of the obits is that the folks
writing unexpected/surprise obits on very, very short notice on an
American holiday weekend are fairly junior down the chain, and for
them, Depp and Doonesbury are where they get a lot of their picture of
the man. It's not like he's required reading in most journalism
programs (though Fear and Loathing '72 should be required reading in
every journalism program and most political science programs.)

As an aside, while Depp will not long be remembered, Doonesbury may
well be- it will certainly be long studied. To fairly consistently
comment on American politics, and comment humorously and to a wide
audience, for 30 years!, is fairly unique. Hunter himself couldn't
keep it up for that long- he got virtually incoherent a long time
before the end.


On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 16:29:03 +1300, Wilkin, Kurt <Kurt.Wilkin at fnzc.co.nz> wrote:
> on Tuesday, 22 February 2005 12:22 p.m. Luis Villa wrote:
> > fafblog, as usual, has the final and best word on the subject:
> >
> >> apocalypse." Good hunting, Doctor Thompson. You'll be missed.
> >
> > from:
> >
> http://fafblog.blogspot.com/2005_02_20_fafblog_archive.html#110897122984
> 416138
> >
> A peculiar world where one of the writers that gave credibility
> to there actually being modern *literature* [1] is remembered,
> at least in most of the articles I've seen, for having a comic strip
> character based on him and having a movie made of his book -
> that starred (hushed tone of respect, please) Johnny Depp.
> But, fuck, come on, Johnny Depp? Doonesbury?
> Not that they don't have a presumably well-deserved current
> popularity, but we probably won't remember them next Saturday,
> let alone how long it'll take to digest the value in, and of,
> everything HST wrote. Maybe even whether or not there is anything
> valuable to be found.
> Anyway, for your forking reminiscence, the only place I could find
> the Nixon obit online :
> http://teaching.arts.usyd.edu.au/history/hsty3080/StudentWebSites/Nixon%
> 20Obits/source9
> "He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president.
> Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw
> his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal.
> He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been
> burned in a trash bin."
> Someone good really should write the piss and vinegar obituary that
> the Good Doctor deserves.
> Or perhaps its something he could only do his self :
> "the menace is loose again, the hell's angel, the hundred-carat
> headline, running fast and loud on the early morning freeway,
> low in the saddle, nobody smiles, jamming crazy through traffic
> and ninety miles an hour down the center stripe missing by inches...
> like genghis khan on an iron horse, a monster steed with a fiery anus,
> flat out through the eye of a beer can and up your daughter's leg
> with no quarter asked and none given; show the squares some class
> give em a whiff of those kicks they'll never know"
> Cheers, Kurt.
> [1] Okay, thats a personal, and very uninformed, opinion.
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