Anita Thompson, who was married to Hunter S. Thompson for two years before he died, is unhappy with Jann Wenner's Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, An Oral Biography
. She told the NY Daily News
"There are beautiful parts in [Wenner's] book, but it sensationalizes Hunter unecessarily. It's meant to portray him as losing his mind at the end, but he was not. He was just as kind and decent and brilliant as when he was younger.
"And it portrays him like leaving Rolling Stone was the biggest mistake of his life. After leaving Rolling Stone, he's portrayed as an awful beast of a man. Jann looks at it as humiliating that, after he left Rolling Stone, Hunter wrote for ESPN. But Hunter's deepest passion was politics and sports. And he was looking at sports readers as just as important. He saw them as a powerful voting bloc if they could be inspired to vote.
"When Hunter was compiling his second letters book, there was some humiliating correspondence between Hunter and Jann. His publisher was urging him to put it in, but in the end, Hunter didn't run it. It would've sold more books. But he protected his buddy. I'm sad that Jann didn't do the same.
(Shown here: Anita and me at her book signing in Aspen Colorado for The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. She told me Hunter would have loved my shirt.)
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