Saturday, August 20, 2016

"Hunter S. Thompson's widow returns antlers he stole from Hemingway in 1964"


CBC RadioThompson had long felt a deep connection to Hemingway, and he would end up becoming a large influence in his written work. It was in 1964 that Thompson decided to drive out to Ketchum, Idaho, to visit the house where Hemingway had lived and died. Hemingway committed suicide there in 1961.

Thompson was also there to write a story for the National Observer about Hemingway's legacy in Idaho. And when Thompson got to the home, it was empty. As he was leaving, he noticed a massive pair of elk antlers hanging above the doorway — and stole them.

"[Hunter] made such a long journey to go and visit, and he just couldn't help himself. And he was much younger then, and not as wise." Thompson's widow, Anita Thompson, tells As It Happens guest host Laura Lynch.

"When he would talk about it, he was embarrassed. Because Hunter is not a thief — he's just so caught up in the moment. We planned to take a road trip several times in 2003 and just quietly return them, but we never did," she says.

Unfortunately, the Gonzo journalist would never get around to making that trip to Idaho. On Feb. 20, 2005, Thompson — like Hemingway before him — shot himself.

4 comments:

ndspinelli said...

If you're in Key West and a fan of Hemingway, the tour of his house is worthwhile.

ricpic said...

If you can get past the whole macho thing Hemingway's a genuinely deep writer. Deep as in profound. I've read and reread his short story, A Clean Well Lighted Place, over the years and always found something new in it. New for me at the particular stage in life I was at at the time of rereading. It's not a perfect story and there's a part of it I don't like, the all is nada part. But other parts, particularly the older waiter's words and thoughts, well, they get to me.

ndspinelli said...

Shakespeare and Hemingway are seldom taught now because feminists run English departments.

Sixty Grit said...

I read The Snows of Kilimanjaro the night before my heart surgery - nice cheerful little story about a guy who dies but doesn't realize it. Hmm...