For journalists, it’s not easy denying the gonzo itch. There are times when it seems like a better idea to drop the cloak of "objectivity" and run, naked, into the thick of the event, throw some punches, and then get out quick.
Luckily, reading the works of Hunter S. Thompson is nearly as satisfying as living out the dream.
Thompson, known as the father of gonzo journalism, was famous for his highly subjective writing and reporting style, particularly in the book "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72." Thompson committed suicide in 2005 in his Aspen, Colo., home; he is the subject of this year’s major film called "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson."
At 6:30 tonight in Lakewood, Thompson’s wife, Anita, will expound on her late husband’s particular brand of journalism and how it departed from daily-style reporting. Anita’s lecture is part of the "Mixed Taste" series at The Lab, an art gallery in the Belmar development west of Denver. "Mixed Taste" coordinates unrelated lectures with a question-and-answer session, and so Anita will be accompanied by Arthur Jones, a University of Colorado at Denver professor who is a Motown expert. The event is sold out, but The Lab, at 404 S. Upham St., promises to release 20 tickets at 5:45 tonight. First come, first served.