Hunter S. Thompson
BioHUNTER S. THOMPSON (1937-2005) was the inventor and pretty much the sole practitioner of Gonzo journalism. His first book, Hell’s Angels, is the definitive work on the motorcycle gang. Gonzo was born with the 1970 magazine article, The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved, and reached a peak with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. His reporting on the 1972 campaign trail earned him accolades for being unafraid to tell the wretched truth about politics. On the basis of those pioneering works, Thompson became a celebrity and lived a life of wild abandon. When he killed himself, he left a note saying “No more fun.”
DAVID STREITFELD is the editor of The Last Interview books on Gabriel García Márquez, Philip K. Dick and J.D. Salinger, all published by Melville House. He is a reporter for The New York Times, where in 2013 he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family and too many books.