RORY: I told [Dean] he would [like Jane Austen], but he was all, “Forget Jane Austen, you have to read Hunter Thompson.”
Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) was an American journalist and author. He became a countercultural icon, and founded what he called “Gonzo Journalism”, where the reporter involves themselves in the action to such an extent that they become a central part of the story. His best known work is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972), an autobiographical novel about the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement. His output declined as he became so famous that he could no longer insert himself into events without being recognised.
The Rory and Dean who can happily swap book suggestions for each other don’t seem to last long. Maybe Dean only had the one writer to recommend, or simply couldn’t keep up with Rory’s reading.