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I was expecting this, but not so soon.

Hunter Thompson is dead. Apparently he offed himself, which was the part that didn't surprise me, although in some ways it's a wonder he lasted as long as he did considering the amount of drugs and booze he poured into his body. As Lileks points out, he was a writer of tremendous talent and savage dislikes, and I enjoyed him tremendously in spite of his being on the other side of the political fence. RIP, Hunter.

[Update Dominic Nguyen's rant for today leads off with some comments about Hunter Thompson, who Dom remembers mainly as a sportswriter. I was never sure whether HST was putting us all on with his insistence that his main line was sports, and the political stuff was just something he was doing for the money, but as Colby Cosh points out, he often used sports to express his revulsion for the common man. Anyhow, it is what Thompson did for ESPN.com most recently, writing the Hey Rube column and doing his usual erratic but often excellent job. Dom made me feel old...which is weird because HST was no contemporary of mine; hell, he's only five years younger than my mother. He sure seemed that way sometimes, though.]

Speaking of dead people, Scott stayed home yesterday and watched all of Neon Genesis Evangelion, the fodder for a million AMV. Melody and I sat in on the last episode and the movies (Death and Rebirth and The End of Evangelion) which were...just bad. NGE is regarded as a seminal work of anime, though in a lot of ways it brought nothing new to the genre aside from some very screwed up kids in the protagonists' roles. phoenixalpha's take on it is that we're cheering for the wrong side all through the movie, and considering how flat-out evil and depraved many of the adults are in NGE, it's hard to argue with her. The only adult who seems to actually care about anyone else is Misato, and she's an alcoholic, orphaned mess herself. So it's pretty easy to understand why a lot of anime producers have taken the basic story line and rung changes on it to bring some semblance of a happy ending to a miserable, sad series.

Today is reserved for laundry, writing, and some errands before I go to class tonight with my assessment in my hand - a week late, but improved.


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Feb. 21st, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I've always liked the interpretation that neither side is right. First off, there is more than two sides - by my count, there are at least 6 different sides to root for. But the problem is that none of them have all of the pieces, and it all falls apart. I think my favorite of the sides is Misato's, which is one of the three sides that allow new information to alter their viewpoint. There's a lot more that could be said, but really, I'm at work.
Feb. 21st, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
When you get a chance, I'd like to see you say it in an essay. Sounds like a great topic for an extended LJ post.
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
My opinion is that Evangelions sucks monkey balls unless you just skip to the mecha action and ignore the chars.
Feb. 21st, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, but the characters had so much potential. I can't help wondering how NGE would have turned out if it had been done here instead of Japan...there's so many things that could have been done, so many points at which you think it's all going to work out for the best...and then it just goes plop.
Feb. 22nd, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was amazed when I realized that HST was only a year older than my dad. Must have been all the hard livin'!
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