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Helen Thomas

Jim Caruso posted a lovely blog today about Hunter’s work and The Gonzo Way, a book I wrote about the valuable lessons I learned from Hunter. But today, it doesn’t help me deal with the shocking news of Helen Thomas –  Her seat is now empty. I do know how much Hunter respected her work and would shush the room when she was asking  a question in a televised press conference. But I don’t know exactly what he would have written today after her appalling remarks that went viral via a guy who asked her opinion and got a shocking answer on camera.  She has apologized and said it is not what she believes in her heart. But… she said it. Did she mean it? I’m not qualified to assess her entire career via her sidewalk statement. But it’s a shock from any angle.  The only thing that comes to mind is a passage from a book you probably know:

"Never mind," I said. "It’s your turn to drive." I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway. No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough."

— Hunter S. Thompson, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

your disappointed friend,

Anita Thompson



 Thank you Rory for the following passage from Ralph Steadman’s The Joke’s Over.

Hi Anita,
I looked up Ralph’s book and opening a random page I came across this gem:
"I had been with him at night driving fast into Los Angeles when he had said: ‘Look at that moon, Ralph. Have you ever driven by moonlight with the top down, but with the lights out? The wind is fierce and strong. But by that light, Ralph, you can see the bats. You can see the stars but the police can’t see you, and they never see the bats. If they are lying in wait for dumb fucks followed by a fairground of lights they get caught. Don’t advertise. They only hear us and by then we have slipped past in the dark … and not only that, they would never believe that anyone would be so goddamn stupid as to drive at night without lights. It confounds reason. That’s Gonzo, Ralph … That is pure Gonzo!’"   
An appropriate passage on the 40th anniversary of Gonzo!
All the best,
Rory Feehan
thanks Rory! 
Anita Thompson


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