The classic 1974 Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire attracted, among other things, famous writers like Norman Mailer and George Plimpton and even ol’ Hunter Thompson. But while Mailer and Plimpton and the rest of the world marveled at Ali’s command performance, Thompson, well, he experienced the fight as only he could.…
Bill Simmons wore an interesting shirt to tonight’s NBA playoff game in Los Angeles, and it was the cover to his former co-worker’s most famous novel.
Check out this long 2012 essay on Love, Boxing, and Hunter S. Thompson by John Kaye over at the Los Angeles Review of Books:
"But in fact we were lucky to get anything at all—I arrived in NY in a state of crazed angst, far gone in pill stupor and barely able to think, much less write—I wish I could have written a better Derby piece." So sayeth Hunter S. Thompson. [Grantland]
Head on over the SB Nation's Longform page and check out this profile on Gary Stevens by Joe DePaolo:
Cody Winchester of the Argus Leader just posted the FBI's file on Hunter S. Thompson on his Tumblr, and it looks like the agency was keeping close tabs on Thompson during his failed bid to run for sheriff of Pitkin County, Col. in 1970. Looking through the pages, it seems that the FBI first took interest after…
Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear And Loathing At The Super Bowl" essay ran in the Feb. 15, 1973 edition of Rolling Stone magazine. In it, Thompson chronicles a pair of encounters with the general manager and "de facto owner" of the Raiders.
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Thanks again to Gawker.TV for this remarkable little find. Even if this is an impersonator, they're still pretty goddamn brilliant. [GawkerTV]
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Honestly, I had forgotten that Hunter S. Thompson had written for Page 2 until I watched "Gonzo," the new documentary about Mr. Duke (produced by my old pal Mark Cuban). I'm pretty embarrassed to have forgotten it; it's like I blocked it out. I suspect many of you feel the same way; those columns were pretty bad.
In a tribute post, Athletics Nation reminds us that it has been two years since Hunter S. Thompson killed himself. It seems strange now, with the littered landscape over there, that Hunter spent a considerable amount of time writing for Page 2; it's almost like a weird dream that didn't actually happen. Can you…