Youre probably wondering what Hunter S. Thompson has to say about Sarah Palin. Maybe youre curious about his thoughts on the first months of Barack Obamas presidency. Could be you want to know his predictions for the upcoming professional football season.
We cant know what he would think, of course. And dont for a moment presume that you would know his opinion, say, of President Obama. Thompson was many things and most of them were unpredictable. He was a brilliant man, a gifted writer and an artful, challenging conversationalist. Largely self-educated, he would see historical and literary parallels in nearly every avenue of discourse and for him writing / art / conversation was a parry-parry-thrust sort of game.
As much as his army of readers misses him, imagine being a close friend and missing him. When there is a Great Historical Moment the Obama Inauguration, for example, or the death of Michael Jackson the friends all prepare for the illumination and insight of their old buddy, for a moment forgetting that he is gone.
So, unless there is a Mojo Wire in the Great Beyond, we cannot know what Hunter S. Thompson thinks about Palin, Obama or Jackson. And it reminds us how much we miss that voice of his, the twisted and insightful literary voice he brought to the world. He left behind a lot of writing and over the next decade or so, it will be carefully published by the familys literary trust. The first major posthumous work, The Mutineer his third volume of collected letters, edited by Douglas Brinkley will appear in October.