I first came to know the good doctor’s writing some 18 years ago at the hyper-impressionable age of 16. Creative Loafing (Tampa’s alternative weekly) had published a collection of excerpts from his writings and I was hooked. Over the years, I have received an original printing of The Curse of Lono as a birthday gift (very expensive for the uninitiated), gotten a Gonzo tattoo, and from time to time tried desperately (and with great failure) to mimic Hunter’s writing style.
Three years ago today, Hunter decided that a life that could not be lived on his terms was not a life he wanted to live. Tonight I’ll get together with some friends, drink some Chivas and talk about our favorite HST pieces.
Here are some excerpts from some HST interviews: