Juan Thompson (Stories I Tell Myself) and Tim Denevi (Freak Kingdom) with me (Keep This Quiet! memoir series) were together at George Mason University for the “Fall for the Books” fest October 11. Missing but with us on Skype was Bill McKeen (Outlaw Journalist). The panel went an hour and a half on “Writing about Hunter S. Thompson.” What a memorable blast – “on-stage” and off. We had such fun hanging together and also sharing time, talking about our very different writing experiences – Juan being Hunter’s son (writing about his childhood memories of his father and beyond), Tim writing a researched political book, showing Hunter’s great relevance today), Bill talking about his memories of Hunter in person and his in-depth research, plus giving us inside information on down-to-the-wire surprises as the book was about to come out.
And myself talking about the challenges of getting out my side of the story. A totally amazing time. Amazing that we all get along so wonderfully. I felt among real friends. In fact, it was easy to get used to spending a lot of the day with these two – and their high attention, high energy roving conversation and also sensitivity. I’m already missing our conversations. And Bill McKeen spoke in a very immediate, very personal way, as if he were in the room.