GLCOicons No. 3: Hunter S. Thompson
I think its fair to say that most of the modern world was first introduced to Hunter S. Thompson through Johnny Depp's portrayal of him in Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas. I know that's the first time I heard of him. It wasn't until I was working as a sports beat writer and copy editor for my college newspaper, The Mustang Daily, that I was first asked to really study deeper into who Hunter S. Thompson really was and his impact on journalism and writing in general.
Every year, The Mustang Daily would release one Gonzo inspired issue. Gonzo journalism is best described as an approach to a traditional newsworthy story through the reporting of personal experiences and emotions. The goal is to remain accurate but inject the writers personality into the piece so that both the style of the piece is equally as important as the event the piece is on. Use of sarcasm, humor, exaggeration, and profanity is common. Thus creating a more personal approach to an otherwise mundane job of reporting facts.
Anyone that fancies themselves a writer, or simply enjoys putting their words on paper, whether its for themselves or others, can learn a lot from Hunter's style of writing. Very few people can infuse such character and power into their stories to create something that would otherwise be uninteresting to most humans. His translation of his own imagination and distorted sense of reality in his head is quite possibly the most easily digestable literature to people that never thought they could understand a person like him. Basically, what I am saying is that he was an absolute maniac that all of us can relate to but probably don't have it inside of us to be like.
When I started my collection in 2010. The aviator that you could find him wearing on most of the photos taken of him, had to be in my collection. My profound respect for his style, character, personality, and everything that made up this man spoke too much to what I wanted my brand to be about. I had to pay homage.
Feel free to check out my Mustang Daily stories here. They don't have my Gonzo story as well as my two favorite feature stories. I may have to call them on that and dig them up from somewhere. Also, remember, unfortunately I was graded on this work, so I had to follow some journalistic rules.