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    • Hunter S. Thompson was a journalist and writer whose work has spanned from the 60s to his death in 2005.
    • He was very well traveled in the journalism world, writing for such establishments as Rolling Stone, Playboy, ESPN.com, and the San Francisco Examiner.
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  • 3.
    • He was very eccentric, creating a persona that he used in his writing, named Raoul Duke.
    • Raoul is an author surrogate, which Hunter used to blur the line between fiction and truth. The character was a heavy user of hallucinogenic drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. His personality was described as callous, anti-conservative, and cynical.
    • Raoul is the personality that was portrayed by actor Johnny Depp in the Movie “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
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    • In his works and in his personal life, Hunter was a vocal critic of Richard Nixon, and covered his election campaign. When Nixon was impeached, he continued his criticism, even after the former had died.
    • He died in 2005 by way of self inflicted gunshot to the head. Later that year, his ashes were fired out of a cannon , along with red, blue, white and green fireworks, to the tune of “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan. Johnny Depp, a close personal friend of Hunter, financed the funeral himself.
  • 5. Characters in Pop Culture Inspired by Thompson
    • Spider Jerusalem, a character who is also a journalist, in the graphic novel “Transmetropolitan”
    • Uncle Duke, a character very similar to Thompson in beliefs and personality, who appears in Gary Trudeau’s comic strip Doonesbury.
  • 6. Style Points
    • 1. Pieces are written in first person, from the author’s point of view. This allows the reader to know everything that the author has done and is thinking while writing this piece.
    • 2. The article or piece is written conversationally, so the reader feels like the author is talking directly to them, as opposed to formal writing.
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    • 3. The use of profanity, colourful language, or insults of the same caliber is encouraged to get a point across.
    • 4. A story is chronicled as it happens. Every event is recorded, even if it does not pertain to the subject.
    • 5. A bias is formed and stuck with through and through. A reader will appreciate a concrete opinion with evidence supporting it. Evidence is necessary to support a claim.
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    • 6. Events may be exaggerated to make them more entertaining, but the same is not true about facts.
    • 7. The use of quotes, off topic passages, and music lyrics are used to illustrate points or to draw parallels to the subject at hand.
    • 8. Ellipses, (“…”’s) are used to illustrate pauses in conversation and thought.
    • 9. Interviewees and central figures in the news story are treated like characters in a short story.
  • 9. And finally…
    • 10. Nothing is to be held back. All candid thoughts, feelings, hunches, or urges will be included along with the facts in the article. This allows for the author to give his or her reader a complete idea of what was going through the author’s mind at the time of writing, hopefully allowing them to get as emotionally involved as the author did.