No Fear, Some Loathing

2:30 PM -- Today's New York Observer shows us just how nauseating irony can often be:

    On the weekend of Jan. 28, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner traveled to Las Vegas to work on plans for a Rolling Stone Hotel and Casino.

    Mr. Wenner’s magazine has a long history with the city. On assignment there in November 1971, Rolling Stone writer Hunter S. Thompson announced the defeat of the counterculture: From the city, Thompson wrote, “you can almost see the high-water mark—the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”

    Nearly 35 years after Thompson’s visit, according to a source with knowledge of the deal, the Wenner Media chief is negotiating with real-estate developers to license his magazine’s name to an estimated $500 million development with luxury hotel rooms, a casino and a music venue that would host “the biggest and most important music acts.”
Of course, Rolling Stone has, for decades, been about as "countercultural" as People, but still... I'd like to think that if Hunter Thompson had only lived to see this, he'd kill himself.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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