Thursday, September 15, 2005

Football Season is Over

"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun -- for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax -- This won't hurt."
That was Hunter S. Thompson's suicide note to his wife, Anita, written in black felt-tip five days before he shot himself. The note was published in Rolling Stone, according to CNN.
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The author was in pain from hip-replacement surgery, and depressed about the failing state of his health. The last straw was indicated by the title of the note: "Football season is over". He was an avid football fan and it would be months before another game.

Thompson was known as the godfather of gonzo journalism, which blurred the distinction between fiction and non-fiction, reporter and subject. His most famous work is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which has been called the "best book on the dope decade".

On August 20th, in accordance with his wishes, Thompson's ashes were blasted from a 153ft cannon of his own design (in the shape of a double-thumbed fist) into the night sky of Woody Creek, Colorado, while fireworks popped and Bob Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man played. Johnny Depp apparently finaced the funeral.

Now that's closing the book in style.
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1 comment:

Allan Koay 郭少樺 said...

incidentally, Fear and Loathing the movie was one of the best book-to-film ever.