Final Reflection

     What I plan to use this post for is a sort of final reflection on this blog… a way to tie this whole project together. As you have probably already realized, I am no longer speaking through the perspective of Hunter Thompson. This final post will be written completely in my own personal writing style. I find it very appropriate that this is being posted late, considering Hunter Thompson himself would often push deadlines to the very end, sometimes turning in notes only hours before publication, forcing himself to put the article together over the phone with the editor. The invention of the fax machine, or as Hunter liked to call it – The Mojo Wire, allowed him much greater freedom in sending in his articles even closer to the deadlines, just as the internet has given this same freedom to myself and modern day journalists. I have already reached my 20 post minimum so I felt that this would be something extra, but also something important, something almost necessary.
     I began work on this project almost immediately after it was assigned and as you can see, I worked on it right up to the end. The duration, I think, was about a month. During this time period I immersed myself in the world of Hunter Thompson. I listened to his interviews, researched his life, and read much of his work including the entire Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail ‘72 book. When Johnny Depp was cast as Raoul Duke in the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas movie, he spent 4 months living in Hunter Thompson’s basement, reading his literature, observing his every move, trying to get into the character. Of course I couldn’t do something this extreme, but I got as close as I could given the circumstances. After studying the role I set out to play, I imitated Hunter’s writing style and reported on his life from within, posing as Thompson himself. In this way I was able to become part of the story and insert myself into the actual events. Of course I added my own creative touch, but that’s what gonzo journalism is all about. This project is about the closest you can get to gonzo without leaving your house.
     Overall, I think this project was a great learning experience. Hunter Thompson used to retype the work of his favorite authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) and Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell To Arms) in order to get a feel for their particular writing styles… in order to discover their unique rhythm and flow. While this project was not exactly the same, It did serve a similar purpose. It allowed me to closely study Hunter Thompson’s writing style and even gave me a chance to try my luck at it. It was a very interesting experience.
     This was definitely one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever done, but it was also one of the most challenging. While I do agree with many of Hunter Thompson’s views, we do differ on some points and it was somewhat difficult to type things that I did not necessarily believe in. Luckily we do seem to agree on most issues, and I respected all of his opinions no matter how I felt about a particular subject. The other challenge was the writing style itself. While I find it very exciting to read, I also find it very difficult to write in. For one thing, I tend to stray away from a lot of the cursing that Hunter uses… not that I feel there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just that I personally find it easier to write differently.
     At times it was very discouraging. I know that at this point in my life I can not write anywhere near as well as Hunter Thompson himself, although I hope to be able to one day. Since the man basically wrote for his entire life, it was very tempting just to cut and paste his words into the project, and I did do that in some instances. However, I am very proud of much of my writing in this project. My favorite post was probably “The Lesser of Two Evils…” All in all, I found this to be a very rewarding experience. I learned a lot about one of my favorite authors and got to practice writing in his own individual style. While I prefer a slightly different style for myself, I have defintely learned some new techniques from this project that I will continue to incorporate into my future writing.