Ralph Steadman’s Splatters & Touching Strangers

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Hunter S. Thompson pioneered Gonzo journalism — but there would be no Gonzo without the artist Ralph Steadman, Thompson’s longtime friend and co-conspirator. Steadman’s illustrations for stories like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas defined their freaked-out feel. Kurt Andersen also talks with author-illustrator Shaun Tan, whose beautiful picture books have a vaguely menacing undercurrent. Plus, the journalist Ron Suskind explains how Disney characters helped him communicate with his autistic son.