|“Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”|
HST acquired something of a reputation thanks to years of self-abuse, an excessive love of guns and a… passionate hate-on for Richard Nixon. The Economist printed an obituary for Thompson that begins with the telling line: “There were always way too many guns around at Hunter S. Thompson’s farm in Woody Creek.” As for Nixon, Thompson claimed the former US President could only be honest about football.
Thompson is hailed as the father of Gonzo journalism which, fortunately, does not involve writing about muppets. He always said there was more truth in fiction than in any piece of journalism. A gonzo reporter plunges headlong into the subject he or she writes about, and chucks out any claims to objectivity. That approach gave us such phenomenal reports as Hell’s Angels and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
So, what can Hunter S. Thompson teach you about writing a novel, story or play?