November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

For all the style in the writing and for all the appreciation of the style on the court, Thompson’s vision is one of Winners and Losers: teams win and lose, bettors win and lose, politicians and armies win and lose. From July 21, 2003: “We are losers, and that is the one unforgivable sin in America.”

Maybe losing was once an unforgivable sin. But in a post-Rocky world, or maybe post-Vietnam, or post-Woody Allen, or post-Salinger or whatever the initial seed was — the half of Christianity that Nietzsche deplored as no more than a coping mechanism for the powerless, maybe — just kind of showing up and half-assing it and settling and not trying and either turning on or dropping out all seem now to be the modus vivendi for the common clay of the Second World. There is a very small percentage for whom losing isn’t an option. For the rest of us, it’s a fact.

— from Sucking on the ’70s: Hey Rube and Hunter S. Thompson as Sports Writer by Chris Collision http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/sucking-on-the-70s-hey-rube-and-hunter-s-thompson-as-sports-writer, brought to my attention this evening by the most wonderful B. Schutz.


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