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"I suspect that all that anger and disgust he'd been projecting out into the world finally found the shark it had been hunting for all the time."

He was also about fun, freedom and irresponsible youth. Did you read his books? It does nto surprise me he killed himself... Much like Mishima but american style really in my opinion. Some writers dream of the dramatic death...



I read all the books he published before 1990. I was a fan. Am a fan. I read both Fear and Loathings when I was 19 and Hell's Angels when I was 22, 23. I missed the celebration of youth and freedom messages. But I picked up on the paranoia and self-destructiveness. Whatever else he was about, he wasn't kidding when he named his books. Anger, fear and loathing drove the man.

His response to Garry Trudeau's Duke? "If I ever catch the little punk, I'll rip his lungs out."


Sorry for my tone :D I should have known you did read it. I did not see him as negative but rather much like Henry Miller, a big noise maker. Sort of fun when you are a kid... I did not feel he was all about anger and such, though there was much of it...


What tone, Denis? All I heard was a passionate fan standing up for a writer he admires and respects.


Thanks :) I was a tad accusatory :(

mac macgilicuddy

Not exactly Arthur Miller...

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