On Location – Gonzo Fest 2018

Author/professor Tim Denevi and I had a delightful time presenting at the Gonzo Fest 2018. The Leo Weekly, Louisville, set up the event in an itinerary: 12-1 p.m. Writing “Hell’s Angels”: Will the Real Hunter S. Thompson Please Stand Up Featuring: Timothy Denevi and Margaret Harrell 1:10-1:50 p.m. Book Signings: Margaret Harrell, Ron Whitehead and Juan Thompson 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Battle of Michigan Avenue: Chicago 1968, HST and Violence Against Journalists Panelists: Michael Lind...
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The Realist Cartoons & Jerry Rubin Bio

Paul Krassner, et al, have just put out a collection of cartoons from The Realist. Click above to read about it on Amazon. He has also just reviewed a bio of Jerry Rubin, the first, which you can read here, in the L. A. Times. It's chock full of reminiscences and stories.    
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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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More on Milton Klonsky – Commentary Magazine, etc.

Here are some links to further the introduction to Milton Klonsky.  Commentary has preserved his articles in their magazine, including (under Culture and Civilization) "The New Yorker 25th Anniversary Album"; that one is on cartoons and mass culture in the era before social media. The web post "The Bluegrass Special" -  April 2011 - reminds of the haunting Beverly Kenney; it begins: This month marks 51 years since Beverly Kenney committed suicide at the age of 28, for reasons still in disput...
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Personalities in the Keep This Quiet! Memoir Series

Who is in the Keep This Quiet! series? and where does it take place?The posts below will introduce major people and places in Keep This Quiet! I-IV. Hunter Thompson, who figures pivotally in  Keep This Quiet! I and to a lesser but significant degree in II, has his own assortment of posts elsewhere. Below, you will find other players in Keep This Quiet! I-II, from Belgian poète maudit Jan Mensaert to poet, intellectural, guru  Milton Klonsky. Also, important players in Keep This Quiet! III, like ...
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RESCHEDULED FOR 2018: Shamanic Workshop & Healing through Sound

Visiting Master Shaman, Taoist, Tai Chi Teacher Jef Crab in Raleigh from South America 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. The video below is an Introduction to the E.A.S.T. method and the founder of the institute  • Place: Raleigh, NC area • Investment:  $60 / session - $150 / all three ses...
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Maurice Girodias – A bit of Adventure – the Sixties

There was a time when books were regularly censored - not just in Communist countries. Right here in the U.S. Living in Greenwich Village, I made a friend of my next-door neighbor, and she in turn used to take trips to Europe in the pay of Maurice Girodias, a publisher notorious for bringing out banned books. Above is an interesting bit of memorabilia from my  Greenwich Village days that I turned up just an hour or two ago in my basement archives. The short excerpt below describes some of Mauric...
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Music Trailer – Honky Tonk – Keep THIS Quiet Too!

After Mondrian - in color - Jan Mensaert
This link will take you to YouTube for the music trailer to Keep THIS Quiet Too! - composed by Jan Mensaert for the piano. After great insistence, in the early 1970s, he made me a music reel with this and other music - playing it himself. I no longer remember whether he recorded it in his home in Belgium or his adopted home in Morocco, where he lived many years. And during part of that time even had a piano that had been hoisted into his apartment in Larache. I was extremely impressed by all th...
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Jack Wesley – Whimsical Art – See It Here

Every now and then I check back in on John (Jack) Wesley to see how he's doing today - is he still alive? How his painting is faring. And here is the webpage I googled up today. Now, Jack is a really good artist. There is nothing second-rate about him. He has had a lot of good exhibits including in Germany and Italy, New York and Texas. His gallery has a lovely cross section of  samples on display here. See what you think. Jack has a sense of humor. He was famous in the 1960s and he continued to...
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More Belgium Shots

Here are two more shots - these inside the home I visited in Belgium in a small village in the Walloon (French) part of the country. Above is one of Chris Van de Velde, me, and Chris's girlfriend, Mary. The room shows the inside of a beautiful, comfortable Belgian home I was lucky enough to be invited into. Chris does therapy and counseling through experiential learning. He was the first person I did energy studies under and has branched out widely in the decades since. On LinkedIn Chris writ...
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