[FoRK] Gonzo Suicide

Luis Villa luis.villa at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 20:28:03 PST 2005


And as if to prove my point, the NYT now has a two-page obit up (dated
tomorrow, EST) that doesn't mention either Depp or Doonesbury.

Luis


On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 22:37:42 -0500, Luis Villa <luis.villa at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> 
> Luis
> 
> 
> 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:
> > >
> > >> HUNTER THOMPSON IS NOT DEAD.
> > >> 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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