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Only Ever One Gonzo Writer, and He’s Dead

I think some people who do this think they are being “gonzo,” but they are just being “asshole.” There was, truly, only ever one gonzo writer, and he’s dead. Even when he was alive he didn’t act like some overcompensating pseudo-macho prick in his writing. He insulted the powerful and deserving. He didn’t try to intimidate people with his connections and influence. But the only lessons modern gonzo writers learned from this man were “add funny swears to your writing” and “mention that you have done drugs.”

—from an essay by Alex Pareene in Salon entitled “Dear Internet Tough Guys: Cut it out”

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