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"What a cruel ruse, making it seem that slaving for chump change, writing stories that fewer and fewer people were inclined to read, on behalf of a capricious claque of martinets and their corporate masters, all striving desperately to salvage a profit in an ailing industry, might somehow be fun."
So what's yer excuse Kelly? You can't be making more than a dime a word for this hackwork with that one clever phrase (above) and its weak attempt at orgasmic, all fleshed out with unoriginal Kentucky, blah blah, Air Force blah blah, Gonzo, Thompson, Hell's Angels, etc. etc. rehash. And so you trumped Thompson here and that makes you cooler than gonzo? I keep hearing about all these HST hacks reportedly running amok, but where are they? It's always other reporters, like you, claiming there are hordes of them out there, followed by disclaimers of "I'm not one of those guys." It's a premise that has become nothing but cliche since Doug Brinkley first posed the idea in his intro to The Proud Highway. Dragging my eyes across YET ANOTHER I'm-not-a-Gonzo-wannabe-like-the-rest-of-you-fools article on Thompson has damn near worn me out. Anyway, chew on that for a minute and then scratch your head and try to come up with a contemporary writer or two that even comes close to Thompson in style and originality. Good luck.
Ha ha, and for a bonus, if you can figure out who I am, the reporter who wrote this letter, I'll give you a hundred bucks.
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