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Anita Thompson interview?

Good Gravy! I may have just stumbled into my biggest interview yet!

Those who know me will tell you -- I'm a huge fan of the late (or do they say dead nowadays?) author Hunter S. Thompson. His wife Anita is releasing a book titled "The Gonzo Way: A Celebration of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson", featuring interviews with his friends, insights into his life from Anita and reflections on Hunter's departure from the Gonzo Journalism power-structure.

(Needless to say, I really want a copy. You should too, damnit.)

Anyway, so the other day I'm checking messages on the 'ole Muckraker's MySpace when outta nowhere comes a friend request from Anita Thompson! I could hardly believe it, so I sent a personal reply. It went a little (er, exactly) like this ...
Anita,

Thank you SO much for requesting to be my friend. Though gestures such as clicking a button on MySpace (or, God Knows, using a program to gather friends for you) may not be much of a personal stretch ... But to receive such a request from you merits a thousand personal responses.

I'm a fan of Hunter's, and an admirer of the woman who managed to love him. I say that with absolute respect. Hunter is the reason I am a career writer. I wear or carry a Gonzo pin wherever I go (on business, anyway), and my profile and blog bear the certainly copyrighted image, mostly as a talisman, to remind me of the path now traveled. I could never hope to imitate; I merely pay reverence.

All of my best wishes go out to you and Juan. I'm almost overjoyed to be your MySpace friend. Namaste and mahalo.

--Stephen C. Webster
To my great shock, I got a personal reply! Not from Anita, but Michelle Baldwin with Fulcrum Publishing. She writes ...
Hi Stephen-

Just wanted to let you know that I set this page up on Anita's behalf, but that she will be on here, hopefully answering emails. She saw the huge amount of Hunter fans on myspace and wanted to connect with you all and let you know about the book!

In the meantime, I'll give her your message, I know she'll be delighted to read it. Keeping Hunter's legacy alive is so important to her, and you are definitely helping that cause.

We are planning on coming down to Austin for a day or two for signings and an event with the University this fall. When that date is set, would you be interested in interviewing her before the event and helping to get the word out?

Michelle Baldwin
Fulcrum Publishing
Of course, I emphatically accepted. I'll let you all know if it is going forward, and where it'll be published. I may have to call in some L.A. contacts for this one.

Mahalo.

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