I’m just wondering about this. I’m not sure why I do it. My life is a lot less interesting than some others out there that I’ve read about.
I ran across this fascinating (to me, anyway) tidbit while surfing at lunchtime today. I offer it for your consideration. Quite frankly, it gave ME a headache!
Gonzo journalism is a style of reporting based on William Faulkner’s idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism – and the best journalists have always known this. Which is not to say that fiction is necessarily ‘more true’ than journalism – or vice versa – but that both ‘fiction’ and ‘journalism’ are artificial categories; and that both forms, at their best, are only two different means to the same end.
— Hunter S. Thompson
Truth artificial? Stranger than fiction? Neither is real? Both are but a dream within a dream? Oh, but all this hinges on the supposition that journalism is truth, and it isn’t always. Although the word “reporting” in the above quote would lead one to believe that a reporter reports the facts (i.e., the truth), not a made-up story. Yeesh, where’s my aspirin!