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...
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Evan Harris Walker and “The Physics of Consciousness”

Evan Harris Walker's book The Physics of Consciousness plays an important role in Keep This Quiet! IV, bringing in quantum mechanics. Below is an excerpt from Ancient Secrets Revealed: I don’t pretend to solve the thorny, tricky problems of QM, but it intersects with issues in Keep This Quiet!—in particular that the Knokke light body meditation raised—so I didn’t duck but headed into the mysterious waters. Two positions will fight it out. In one, the physical world (of atoms) is primary, and...
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Paul Krassner’s Second Letter

Diving into my garage boxes, I found a follow-up note from Paul Krassner that confirms what I remembered: he explains that in my absence (I was in Las Angeles with Hunter during a quick weekend visit) he sent me a letter but addressed it to the wrong person at Random House. So here is how I found out about that and - yes - I hurried down to the Obscene Letters area to rescue it and read it. True, such a section existed at Random House down in the basement. It made for amusing reading, and I kept...
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RESCHEDULED FOR 2018: Authenticity & Healing Presence, aka Making Space for Your Self

Jef Crab
Notice of Change of Date Because of illness, Jef Crab has postponed his June 2017 trip to the U.S. but will reschedule it for spring 2018 in Raleigh, NC. In the meantime, he intends to set up several online FREE discussion events. Stay tuned for updates.   Energetic Awareness, Sensitivity & Transformation (E.A.S.T.) is based on the concept that every human being has purpose— a life-dream, so to speak. Fulfilment in life comes from following this dream, literally realizing this ...
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EXCERPT: Willy Vanluyten – Keep This Quiet! III & IV

Willy Vanluyten, my fifteen-years-younger boyfriend from 1987 to 1991, died suddenly in 1991, at just under 35 years old. Everything around the death was spooky, and the apartment I had lived in with him was more spooky afterwards. Keep This Quiet! III introduces Willy, and the story is carried forward in KTQ! IV. Willy had a short life. He made his livelihood as a truck driver. But he was quite unordinary.  Here is how he entered KTQ! III. He was Flemish. This scene takes place in Tienen, Belgi...
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Hunter Thompson and Paul Krassner

Hunter in NYC in the Sixties I met Hunter in NYC in 1967 and Paul Krassner, through Hunter, at the same time. We had dinner together and the two of them discussed a story for "The Realist," a very popular underground publication that Paul founded and edited. It was a crackling dinner, witty and fast-moving. The articles below have to do, mostly, with that time period, being mementoes or later write-ups. "Keep This Quiet!" tells the story of those days. A few of the articles below take the stor...
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Meeting Paul Krassner

Paul Krassner, one of Hunter's friends, was then and is now an underground satirist. He founded The Realist and I happened to meet him in New  York City when Hunter blew into town for his Hell's Angels book tour. I found him quite the quick-witted, interesting conversationalist at the time and also he was nice to look at. He recalls below that he followed up that meeting with a  letter to me, getting my name wrong. I remember it well. It wound up in the baffled hands of another copy editor at Ra...
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Coming to Terms with Milton Klonsky

Read newly compiled, still vibrant Milton Klonsky essays in Commentary in the 1950s and 60s here. Only in this new web-inspired world would this be possible, but he's there--with never-before-seen writings, that is, never seen except in the original Commentary issues. Milton Klonsky is a key player in the Keep This Quiet! series. Below is an introduction of sorts. Considered a guru/hipster (or, as he preferred, a "gangster poet"), and "with an IQ that can stutter your butter," as a critic put...
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Paul Krassner and Charlie Hebdo

The iconic photo above is copyrighted by Summer of Love photographer Gene Anthony and for sale as a print for $200 at Wolfgang's Vault here. Culture Counter Magazine has a new article called Charlie Hebdo and the Limits of Satire: Realist editor Paul Krassner Rethinks the Art of Irreverence Here are the opening paragraphs. Paul Krassner sent me the link and a Happy New Year, 2015, which I pass on: Was there ever an American version of Charlie Hebdo? Americans are asking themselves t...
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Paul Krassner – Funny Realist Photos, New Book

Paul Krassner on Obama, Orgies, and the Art of Offensive Cartoons - extract by Michael Dooley on November 30, 2012 Read the whole post here and especially look at the pictures.  Click here. There's something oddly funny about Paul Krassner. And it's been going on for more than 50 years. He palled around with Lenny Bruce, the pioneering 1950s "sick" comic, and even edited Bruce's autobiography, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People. He was instrumental in founding the Yippies!, those radical "G...
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