Monday, February 20, 2006
The Doctor Is In
The first edition of Woody Creeker, a new magazine edited by Hunter Thompson's widow, is about to hit the streets. I cut my political teeth on Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail in '72, a brilliant series for Rolling Stone back before Jann Wenner became obsessed with his own coolness, so it is with trepidation that I read about this new magazine.
I loved Thompson, even when his work became a pale parody of his Gonzo classics, but talk about Fear and Loathing, the first issue kicks off with a piece by PJ O'Rourke, a guy I haven't trusted since he and Matty Simmons drove the once brilliant National Lampoon into a ditch with frat boy sex and scatological yucks.
The one item that gave me hope was in a quote by Gaylord Guenin, contributor and former mayor of Woody Creek. When asked if the magazine was being done to promote tourism he said, "We have enough assholes coming out here already."
This might be a good thing. We'll see.