Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Goodbye Hunter S. - John Cusack

With thanks to Patrick, who in turn picked it up from someone else. The power of the network in action...

John Cusack posts his thoughts on the wake of the late Hunter S. Thompson, including several quotes the Doc had scribbled on his walls at his Aspen home (red "Armed Compound"). Patrick's favourite seems to be the Fran├žois Villion quote.

In my own country
I am in a far off land
I am strong yet have
No force or power
I win yet remain a loser
At break of day I say goodnight
When I lie down I have a great fear of falling


However I have to say I'm more taken by Hunter's own commentary on the power of Politics, sent to Cusack on a T-Shirt.

'Politics is the art of controlling your environment.' That is one of the key things I learned in these years, and I learned it the hard way. Anybody who thinks that 'it doesn't matter who's President' has never been Drafted and sent off to fight and die in a vicious, stupid War on the other side of the World -- or been beaten and gassed by Police for trespassing on public property -- or been hounded by the IRS for purely political reasons -- or locked up in the Cook County Jail with a broken nose and no phone access and twelve perverts wanting to stomp your ass in the shower. That is when it matters who is President or Governor or Police Chief. That is when you will wish you had voted.

Amen.

The Huffington Post | Goodbye Hunter S.

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