A Conversation for Hunter S Thompson

Gonzo journalism

Post 1


I would have thought this style of journalism was a byproduct of Ernest Hemmingway, but there you go.

It still seems to be a very American style of news-reporting, especially on TV news. The use of emotive language, and the content is more prosaic, the reporter seems to be telling a story, rather than just reporting the facts.

Gonzo journalism

Post 2


Actually, if you read Thompson's own description of Gonzo journalism, it is more closely related to stream of conciousness writing than anything else. He often used what is now a primitive portable tape recorder and recorded his thoughts, insights and observations and later transcribed them with little or no editing. This is what makes a lot of his articles so funny.
The other thing the original posting missed was a complete bibliography of his works. Personally I think one of the best paperbacks anyone could pick up is The Great Shark Hunt, which is a wide ranging collection of his articles and also includes chapters from Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, F&L in Las Vegas etc. Don't miss the actual article The Great Shark Hunt , it 's Thompson at his finest.

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