Jim Silberman, Editor, Obit in the New York Times

Jim was beloved by many. The New York Times obituary reminds us of his stellar career: James Silberman, a revered book editor whose meticulousness, intuition and patience helped propel the publishing careers of a distinguished roster of authors, including James Baldwin, Marilyn French, Hunter S. Thompson and Alvin Toffler, died on July 26 at his home in Manhattan. He was 93 In his office the photo brings him to life. How many times I walked into that office, how many authors did, to find this ...
Read More

Available to Order: THE “HELL’S ANGELS” LETTERS

Hunter Thompson Letters book cover
THE HELL’S ANGELS LETTERS: HUNTER S. THOMPSON, MARGARET HARRELL AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC – Margaret Harrell 9 x 12 PB ∙ 298 Pgs ∙ $60.00 ∙ ISBN 978-1-60052-167-6 IN COLOR Collaborator: Ron Whitehead Book available to Order HERE ** The temporary website glitch is fixed. First official reader review in: The Hell’s Angels Letters is a unique combination: at the center is Hunter Thompson’s letters to his contact person at Random House as his bestseller Hell’s Angels com...
Read More

Once upon a Time a Dancer – “The ‘Hell’s Angels’ Letters”

The collage was made by Geoffrey Smith in  Belgium in 2000 or 2001. We sat there in his apartment as he started building my first website (he was a friend and an Oracle expert). So I laid out photos and he said, Ah. Have to use this. It was a Fred Astaire of Park Avenue, New York, photo of me with my legs wrapped around my professional male partner's waist. He was holding on to me only by his thumbs! And I was like the masthead of a ship. It was for a competition. I had characteristically kept t...
Read More

Margaret at the McNally Jackson Bookstore (Brooklyn)

It's official. I joined George Mason MFA professor Tim Denevi and journalist Jonny Diamond (writer for Rolling Stone, etc.; editor in chief of The Literary Hub) at a McNally Jackson Bookstore event in Brooklyn in November. It's part of Denevi's book tour for Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism, on sale October 30. Partnering with Little Brown, The Paris Review, Soho Press, The Melville House, Harper Perennial, the National Book Criti...
Read More

Sibiu, Romania, was, with Luxembourg, the "cultural capital of Europe" for 2007. It's awaiting confirmation that the city center is on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Today I received an e-mail from a professor there, who is my publisher, with a link to a new, beautiful website that shows pictures of streets and other sights there. Here it is. Just click the link above for more photos. While I lived in Belgium, I wandered these streets for weeks each year.  
Read More

Quail Ridge Books

Quail Ridge Books and Music is the Indie bookstore in Raleigh, NC. New to their shelves is Keep This Quiet! If you happen to be wandering around that shopping mall - for instance, at Whole Foods - go in and take a look. They have a large selection of books and a stream of author events. They are also very likely to be supporting local authors. Do not believe the website info that they have to order the book. I can guarantee you they have it in stock - as of right now - just waiting for customers...
Read More

Ron Whitehead’s Review

Ron Whitehead sent me a "short review" of Keep This Quiet! Every word, I would like to frame. For whoever is interested, I posted it in the Keep This Quiet website! here. There are many ways many paths open to us. But truth is actually a pathless land - Ron Whitehead        
Read More

Pop Culture History – Merry Pranksters

As some of you know, a long time ago, during the publicity tour of  Hell's Angels, I crossed paths - for a moment - with satirist Paul Krassner, the then founding editor of the notorious counterculture publication, The Realist. When he sent me an outrageous letter, naturally I kept it and it proved a piece of luck for my memoir. Before reproducing it in Keep This Quiet! I tracked him down and he granted me the right, free of charge, to reprint the letter - in part illustrating the philosophy tha...
Read More

Hint re iPad Images

Hint: If you buy Keep This Quiet! for i-Pad, some of the 27 illustrations will be in color. All of the HST signature drawings will. I recommend buying the iPad version in iPad, not a Kindle app, because the Keep This Quiet! designer transferred the 27 images individually into the iPad file, resized to fit the iPad page.  This took several hours. I don't think an app can do this mechanically, as before the designer made the adjustments, the illustrations sometimes broke in the middle of the page....
Read More