Yeah, as you might have guessed, I'm a big fan of the Gonzo god. I'm also a big fan of William McKeen's new biography Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson. Here's an excerpt from my interview with McKeen:
McKeen's bio smartly focuses on Thompson's singular writing style, his mastery of invective and the lengths he went to make sense of a world gone wrong. McKeen adroitly dismantles the Raoul Duke persona exploited by uppity doodler Garry Trudeau, as well as Hollywood and Thompson himself. The book addresses the Gonzo journalist's acts of brutality and self-destruction but keeps the emphasis on the writer and his ability to demonstrate the "power of language when used well."
Cross-posted from TampaCalling.com.