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February 21, 2005

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markus rose

PJ O'Rourke is the right wing analogue to HST.

Dave L

Lileks is probably correct re. "Hell's Angels", but I was never a fan of Thompson - I found his 'gonzo' approach a celebration of solipsistic, drug-induced, self-centeredness, simply another variant of fashionable avante-garde provocation. Like many elements of the counterculture, Thompson seemed to represent an indefinite extension of teenaged rebellion. As I'm fond of saying: Not everyone can be Dennis Hopper. Someone has to pick up the trash.

If Thompson were simply writing within the purview of Henry Miller's or Kerouac's universe (let's get high, drive across the country, and mooch off other people when we're hungry) that's one thing, but whenever Thompson tried to write something coherent and relevant amidst his wittiness, it fell flat with me. Can anyone really take an old, irresponsible, coddled, stoned-out hippie seriously on things like foreign policy, war, or presidential politics?

How can anyone take seriously a guy who says, "Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these [Abu Ghraib] photographs did."

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