Politics is the art of controlling your environment. That's a favorite Hunter S. Thompson quote of mine, and I was fortunate to have met the man twice - albeit briefly - before he made that final retreat into history. The second time he was not nearly as sharp nor as acerbic as the first, but he did sign my long-lost, treasured copy of Generation of Swine
on the cover page with "Wise Up HST" ... then proceeded to torch it with a deft flick of his lighter. He appeared to be half-sizing me up as he slinged the book back into my hand, trying to seem interested with a detached grin and shadowy gaze beneath yellow tinted sunglasses, peering into this tiny moment of mayhem which must have felt like a cheap thrill to him.