“Morality is temporary; wisdom is permanent.”

The ultimate iconoclast of American letters, Thompson was a 20th century crusader for counterculture, outsider art, and borderline alien values. A cult journalist, Thompson exposed the strange and self-serving underbelly of American life with books like Fear & Loathing On the Campaign Trail ‘72and articles with headlines like “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” writing in a zealous, angry style that exposed the flimsy double-standards of mainstream values and made him an enemy of law enforcement, Richard Nixon, and very likely any number of harried copyeditors.