Thompson's pain, fame recalled

December 09, 2006|By Roger Catlin | Roger Catlin,HARTFORD COURANT

With his aviator shades, cigarette holder and brutal, uncompromising journalism, Hunter S. Thompson cut a unique figure in journalism more than three decades ago.

His trippy visions of decadent America got back-to-back cover starts in Rolling Stone magazine for his classic piece "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," written under the pseudonym Raoul Duke. Come the next election, he used the same techniques and excesses - but his own name - to cover the equally surreal Nixon election, later collected in the book Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

On TV Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film debuts on Starz at 10 p.m. Tuesday

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