My latest piece on Tribeca Shortlist Outtake was inspired by the brilliant documentary Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, directed by Alex Gibney. Thompson was and remains a hero of mine. Authentic swagger (which he seemed to have had in spades) is irresistible – and it’s not to be confused with insecure arrogance or empty boasting. (Yes, the line is profoundly blurred nowadays.) What really lands Thompson a place in my heart is that while he had a big personality, he used his platform to advocate for movements and causes that benefited a wider swath of Americans beyond the comfortable niche of his own personal demographic.
“Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is about a hell of a lot of things. It’s about our fascination with the artist as heavy-drinking bohemian madman. It’s about the art of writing. It’s about political journalism. It’s about idealism. It’s about American partisanship. It’s about our obsession with celebrity. It’s about how sometimes the seemingly biggest and brashest personality in the room is the one most seeped in a soul-crushing sensitivity and unshakeable sadness over the human condition.”
Watching this doc reminded me to be more badass moving forward – in my writing, and in my life. We lost a good one with this guy.