Saturday, July 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Hunter S. Thompson!!

'To weird to life, to rare to die.'
Happy Birthday Hunter S. Thompson!!!
Happy weekend fellow marauders. Padfoot and Prongs here bringing you what you will hope to find is a very special weekend update. Today would have been the 71s birthday of one of our very favorite writers, Hunter S. Thompson. For those of you who might not be familiar with his work here is a bit of information on him:
"(HST) was an American journalist and author, most famous for his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He is credited as the creator of Gonzo Journalism, a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories. He is also known for his use of psychedelics ,alcohol, firearms, and his iconoclastic contempt for authority." Wikipedia. That little bit is hard to sum up the great contribution to literature and to the world that Hunter provided during his life time. Some of his better known works include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diary (read it it's excellent!!), Screw Jack, Fear and Loathing on the campaign trail, and countless articles. Currently their is a documentary out entitled Gonzo that you could always stop by to rent in celebration!

If you are interested in learning more about this fascinating man and his work make sure to check out our blogger friends who are either dedicated to this man, or are written with the spirit of his writing.

Totally Gonzo
Korean Rum Diary
HST Weblog

For those of you watching our Twitter, tune in all day for constant quotes from Hunter as well as facts about his life. Also if you are interested in checking out some passages of his writing you can check out P&P's favorite quotes from The Rum Diary. If you are not already a fan we are positive that more than one of those quotes will make you want to rush out and pick up some of his work.

So we will leave you with one of our favorite passages from Hunter S. Thompson. Hope every one has a good day and does something crazy to remember him by. Just remember to be safe fellow marauders and be sure to leave comments about what you do!!

“Happy,” I muttered, trying to pin the word down. But it is one of those words like Love, that I never quite understood. Most people who deal in words don’t have much faith in them and I am no exception—especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony. I feel at home with these, because they’re scrawny and easy to pin, but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest of a fool to use them with any confidence. "


  1. Thanks for the link!

    Here's our newest HST article:

  2. Hey guys I just wanted to know that I've given y'all a blog award and you can check it out here :)

  3. I'm disappointed more people didn't comment! This is a great post!

  4. Aw thanks so much! Well we are pretty big HST nerds and we are one of the few that we know haha. But thanks for your kind comment.

  5. I remember reading "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" in college and just laughing out loud during the white rabbit and the bathtub scene. Good times. Good times.

  6. Hahaha great picture ! Interesting author and book. I'll have to read one sometime!
    Natalie :0)


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