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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Feeling Fatalistic

Hunter Thompson killed himself on Sunday. On Monday, I was glancing through a book on Industrial Ecology and unwittingly opened up to a chapter that begins with a quote from Hunter Thompson. The essence of the quote is basically that we're slowing killing ourselves.

Is Hunter Thompson's suicide a canary in the coalmine?

When the most sophisticated subversive voices of our time brutally waste themselves it makes you wonder if they can predict something the rest of us can't.

Or, maybe he was just a paranoid drug addict who for a long time had a threadbare hold on life and with a little rehab, therapy, and yoga would have lived and written for another 20 years.

Whatever it is, it's sad. I think I can confidently say that these days journalism schools aren't churning out that quality of muckraker.

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    Fascinating thought of HST being a canary in the coalmine, but I think it's more that the demons that help you to create great art often overtake the artist. He was lucky to make it to 2005.

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