Polo is My Life. (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Dr. Hunter Thompson)


There is an acronym in geekspeak, WYSIWYG. It means “What You See Is What You Get.” Tom Wolfe explains why a chance encounter with the late, great, gonzo journalist of the 20th century exemplifies this acronym.

Dr. Thompson’s detractors have tried and still will try to paint him as nothing more than a dope fiend. Unfortunately many Americans buy the story these swine tell without ever reading any of Dr. Hunter Thompson’s work. The truth remains, he has been and is one of the most prolific and important voices of dissent this country has ever seen. He spent almost his entire young life living as a “rogue journalist”, traveling to any English language paper that would hire him for a quarter a word and scribbling prose on tattered notebooks while sipping strong local rum. He wrote history making pieces on the Kentucky Derby, Jean-Claude Killy, Puerto Rico, the Hell’s Angels, the 1972 Election, Fast Motorcycles, local elections, Roxanne Pulitzer and the Palm Beach lifestyle, Justice Clarence Thomas, and the Honolulu Marathon.

Stop Smiling has a great piece remembering the self-described “roadman for the lords of karma.” The “Magazine for high-minded lowlifes” also has a recent piece on Dr. Thomson’s longtime friend and illustrator, Mr. Ralph Steadman [excerpt].

Hunter’s brilliant obituary to Richard Nixon, HE WAS A CROOK. (From Rolling Stone, June 16, 1994)

Google Video uber alles:

Hunter S. Thompson interviews Keith Richards

HST on The Charlie Rose Show – June 13, 1997The Proud Highway: The Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman

Thompson on Charlie Rose – Oct. 30, 1998The Rum Diary (along with Edward Norton discussing American History X)

Quote from this episode:

“Nixon was great because he brought the best people into politics, and Clinton is going to be famous for driving all but the worst ones out. I think that’s what’s happening. This is a democracy and if you don’t participate, somebody else is going to for you. That’s what’s happening here. Less than 4 out of every 10 voters are going to the polls. We have this subequent mess where it’s all left in the hands of Nazis like Starr, Jesse Helms, these people should all be hung by their heels like Mussolini.” [48:30]

The last appearance of the champion of fun (Feb. 6, 2003) on Charlie Rose had him pimping Kingdom of Fear (subtitle: Loathsome Secrets of a Starcrossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century), talking about his encounter with Pete Dawkins, and wreaking havoc as usual.

Let’s face it, the yo-yo president of the USA knows nothing. He is a dunce. He does what he is told to do, says what he is told to say, poses the way he is told to pose. He’s a fool. This is never an easy thing for the voters of this country to accept. The president can not be a fool, not at this moment in time, when the last living vestiges of the American Dream are on the line. This is not the time to have a bogus rich kid in charge of the White House. Which is afterall, our house. That is, our headquarters; that is where the Heart of America lives. So the President lies and acts giddy about other people’s lives, and wan-tonly and stupidly endorses mass murder as a logical plan to make sure we’re still #1, he is a jackass by definition.

The Good Doctor with Tim Russert.

and now for something completely different:

CBC interview with Leonard Cohen

Colbert roasting the f**k out of Bush, in case you didn’t see it.

until next time,
Res Ipso Loquitur

2 responses to “Polo is My Life. (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Dr. Hunter Thompson)

  1. Found this joint through the ‘Gonzo’ tag — you got some good stuff here, my friend! Nicely done.

    My favorite HST quote, one I think about sums up the Gonzo concept:

    ‘You can’t always find 2 “reliable sources” to verify what you know is true.’

    Well. I’m off to add your site to my bloglines List — so you haven’t seen the last of me, dig?

    Stay Weird.

  2. where can i find polo is my life? does it exist in tangible form? is it a limited edition that will eventually come out like screwjack? anyword at all?

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