Monday, February 21, 2005

More HST

This was his final column for ESPN's Page 2 - Shotgun Golf with Bill Murray

Lileks weighs in:
It was all bile and spittle at the end, and it was hard to read the work without smelling the dank sweat of someone consumed by confusion, anger, sudden drunken certainties and the horrible fear that when he sat down to write, he could only muster a pale parody of someone else’s satirical version of his infamous middle period.
Lileks is right. HST had become a charicature of his former self much like Brando in his later years. Just like Brando, even in his final period HST could pull off a bit of brilliance now and then but just like Brando for every The Freshman there were a dozen Island of Dr. Morneau's. HST will be missed. I've already started to re-read Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (because it was my favorite)

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