Archive Letter: Hunter S. Thompson defends Gonzo journalism Hunter S. Thompson's defends his inimitable style of writing in a 1973 letter to Playboy's editor

Hunter S. Thompson was a journalist and author dedicated to pushing things to the limit, both in his art and personal life. Politically minded, he became known for his intense hatred of President Nixon. He ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in Colorado and has been quoted as saying, “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

He committed suicide in 2005 aged 67, and his ashes were fired out of a huge cannon into the atmosphere in a ceremony arranged by his friend, Johnny Depp. In this letter to an editor at Playboy, Thompson, reflecting on the style of an epic biographical feature he was working on, writes: “A journalist into Gonzo is like a junkie or an egg-sucking dog; there is no known cure.” We salute all your wonderful, brave and crazy adventures, Mr. Thompson.

Hunter S Thompson defends gonzo journalism to his Playboy editor


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