I know that these are truly f**cked up times, but, as the famous victim once said, "Can't we all just get along?" The only one who knows what was going on inside the convoluted and brilliant mind of our good friend during his final moments is gone. I know firsthand that there comes a time when the shotgun looks like the path of least resistance. When the demons rise up and take over the controls. When all else fails.
It seems downright chicken**** to call him a coward. Of all the writers out there, his words are anything but cowardly. Come on! The guy had cojones like nobody else.
He called it the way he saw it. Few writers ever had the courage to speak the truth the way he did.
He now goes the way of a couple of my other heros, Ed Abbey and Jery Garcia. Men of great genious and courage are often plagued with demons that exact a heavy toll. The rest of us should stand in their shadows and be grateful for the legacy they have left us.
All of you critical naysayers should just go back to watching the demise of our civilization on the evening news and slowly die of the asphyxiation of your feeble minds.
responding to my own message: i understand this was not a silencing. there are more than enough actual silencings to expose. thank you friends of his, for filling me in. kudos to people moved to write here. my own thoughts center on how to make good, on the promise Hunter made: if i tell them, they will come