Gonzo gets its day

s_thompson_c_nuncscio.jpg The Aspen Daily News published a special 'gonzo' issue this past Saturday, in honour of Hunter S. Thompson. The late author and Aspen resident pioneered the 'gonzo' genre, a blend of first person accounts, fictional interludes and long streams of (somewhat fractured) consciousness.

Contributors to the special issue included Ralph Steadman, who illustrated several of Thompson's books. It was edited by Anita Thompson, Hunter's widow.

While Thompson's legacy is pretty much inviolable at this point, it's great to see reminders of what a strange, wonderful writer he was. To use his own words, he was one of God's own prototypes- too weird to live, too rare to die.