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Gonzo Journalism
Gonzo journalism

A style of journalism inextricably associated with the late American writer Hunter S. Thompson and more broadly with the New Journalism of the 1960s, exemplified by Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer, which applied the techniques of fiction to non-fiction writing and aspired to write journalism ‘that would read like a novel’ (Wolfe, 1977: 21–2). Contra the conventions of standard journalism practice, gonzo journalism features a bold, exaggerated, irreverent, hyperbolic and extremely subjective style of writing, which positions the author at the centre of the narrative.

Gonzo journalism debuted in a classic essay by Thompson entitled ‘The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved’ which offered a scathing critique of the ‘bigoted, chauvinistic and caste-bound culture’ of his native Louisville and was published in Scanlon's Monthly ...

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