In his suicide note he wrote:
No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won't hurt.
If he were still alive, I would follow him on twitter.
Things get exciting largely due to the:
two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers [...] and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls- they pack and consume in Vegas.
It is not a druggie novel- It is a story about the search for the American Dream.
The film came out in 1998 and stars Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. Apparently Johnny lived with Hunter for several months in order to study his character. They became close friends and it is reported that Johnny paid for Hunter’s funeral-which included constructing a 15 story tower modeled after Thompson's logo: a clenched fist, made symmetrical with two thumbs, rising from the hilt of a dagger and a canon on top of it- which then shot Hunter’s ashes into the sky- amid red, white, blue and green fireworks.
Another one of Hunter’s novels- The Rum Diary- is currently in production and scheduled to be release in 2011 - it also stars Johnny Depp as the main character, Paul Kemp. The story, which takes place in the 1950’s- is about a journalist who travels to Puerto Rico to work for a newspaper. Hunter was 22 when he wrote it based on his experience of working for a failed English newspaper in Puerto Rico during the 1960’s.
To learn more about Hunter and his work I would strongly suggest seeing Buy The Ticket Take The Ride- a short 70 minute documentary which gives a crash course into the man, the myth and mayhem.
It also delves into Hunter's invention of Gonzo Journalism- a form of subjective reporting which involves injecting oneself into the action of the story being reported on.
Furthermore- If you have not already read The Rum Diary then you should consider doing so before the film comes out.
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