Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch

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The Lunatic Wonders

There is sure to be much speculation about the reason for Hunter S. Thompson's apparent suicide -- I say "apparent" because Courtney Love's whereabouts at the time have yet to be ascertained -- over the next few days. Could it be the prospect of four more years? Fear of that North Korean ICBM? The cancellation of the NHL season? A too-careful reading of Tom Wolfe's new novel about collegiate sexploits? The possibilities are many. Since I've been trained to think that coincidences are rarely coincidental, however, I'm going to put my money on the demise of Gidget's Sandra Dee, whose parting was announced earlier in the day. Am I being heartless in making light of Thompson's death? Perhaps. But this is one case where honoring the dead demands a good dose of irony to go with whatever other substances we choose to pour out -- preferably into a glass or the palm of our hand rather than onto the sidewalk -- in tribute.

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