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Hunter and Dylan meet: Like a loathing stone?

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

If you were Bob Dylan and you were to write a song about Hunter S. Thompson, what would you call it?

Our recent search of a media database has found we may someday know the answer to that question.

Heidi Benson reported in the Sept. 12 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle that science writer Timothy Ferris recently put together a relatively historic meeting between Dylan and Thompson in Aspen earlier this month.

In an article about Ferris’ busy world, which includes being friends with Dylan and recently getting Thompson to write a book introduction, it is revealed that Ferris helped the two legends hook up at Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

“This is a footnote ? I engineered the first meeting between Hunter Thompson and Bob Dylan last Sunday night in Aspen,” Ferris was quoted as saying.

“Ferris couldn’t make his old friend’s show, so he sent Thompson in his place. ‘Hunter called after the show and sounded like a high school kid, saying Dylan gave him a hug and said, ‘Now that we’ve finally met, I can write a song about you.'”

Like a loathing stone?

The dirt is extra

The Cox News Service sent out a news story on Sept. 12 by Staci Sturrock that examines the rise of snobbery in America. Aspen is, natch, mentioned.

A new book, “Snobbery: The American Version,” is out, and its author, Joseph Epstein, is quoted as saying that in the mid-?70s “some seismic social change was going on in the country. Suddenly people were awfully worried about their taste in everything. And because taste is such a shaky thing, everyone was very nervous.”

And, the article pointed out, snobbery is now open to everyone.

“One example of this sea change: capitals of Old Snobbery such as Palm Beach and Newport, R.I., have been replaced by more ‘democratic ports of call’ such as Santa Fe, N.M., and Aspen, Colo.,” the article states.

“‘These new places have their own fraudulence,’ Epstein says. ‘A home on an unpaved road in Santa Fe costs more money because it’s ‘more historic.’ What fine baloney this all is.'”

You mean, like the homes on Owl Creek Road?

Time for stretching

Rita Healy of Time magazine notes in the Sept. 23 edition of the national news magazine that “Some parents in Aspen, Colo., are hopping mad that their kids may learn Downward-Facing Dog in school.”

Yes, our community’s attitudes about yoga have made the big time.

“At a packed school-board meeting last week, Steve Woodrow, a Baptist minister and parent of two students at Aspen Elementary School, challenged the school’s plan to teach yoga this fall on the grounds that instruction in the ancient practice of breathing and stretching introduces religion into the classroom and thus is unconstitutional,” Time reports.

“School officials planned to launch a program called Yoga Ed, already used in public schools in Los Angeles, Seattle and Columbus, Ohio, in hopes that it would help children focus.

“But Woodrow is worried the curriculum also encourages teachers to discuss such practices as transcendental meditation.”

The horrors! What’s next? Comparative religion classes? Seminars on how differing religious views can lead to conflict? More media coverage of how enlightened Aspen is?

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