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 both letters as souvenirs.

Read excerpts from the original, funny – mash – letter here.

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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 quantum physicist Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Pauli and in-depth psychologist Carl Jung. And in Keep This Quiet! IV, Indian spiritual master Dhyanyogi-ji and neuroscientist Norman S. Don, who tests the parapsychological abilities of the famous psychic Olof Jonsson, who received planned telepathic transmissions during the Apollo mission to/from the moon. As the publisher lives in Romania, there is a post about Sibiu too.

 

Sibiu, Romania, Photos - Home of Saeculum Univ. Press

Saeculum University Press published the Keep This Quiet! books and many of my Love in Transition books before that. These photos are from Sibiu, Roman

Cameos: Hilda Doolittle, "Oxford Town," and Various

Hilda Doolittle (H. D.) was an Imagist poet. I studied her in graduate school at Columbia University. I moved into her only daughter's brownstone in N...

Rescuing Milton

There's a wonderful post, On Klonsky on Blake written by W.C. Bamberger on Zoamorphosis.com. That website focuses on the work of poet/artist William B

Hunting for Thompson - HST BOOKS

Many thanks to Marty Flynn, owner of HST Books, who has added this post. I have reproduced the beginning below. But I am sure you will want to click "

Keep This Quiet! Vol. 2 - Jan Mensaert

Jan Mensaert entered the Keep This Quiet! series in vol. I. I first met him in Casablanca, Morocco, on a trip. And immediately traveled by bus back wi

Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli - Two Giants

In 1931, Pauli, a physics professor at a university in Zurich, consulted Jung about his psychological issues and alcohol use; his mother had committed...

Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung: Initiations

Above, Pauli sits with Einstein. Now both men [Jung and Pauli] are dead. Physics has undergone great advances with its grand unified theories and its

Milton Klonsky in Commentary Magazine (archive)

Here are some links to recall and further the introduction to Milton Klonsky.  Commentary has preserved his articles in their magazine, including (und

Norman S. Don & Psychic Olof Jonsson

Norman S. Don, a neuroscientist and parapsychologist, is in Keep This Quiet! IV. The video above, which he gave me to post, shows psychic Olof Jon...

Indian Saint Dhyanyogi-ji in Keep This Quiet! IV

Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas-ji was a Hindu master spiritual teacher - to be exact, a Kundalini Maha Yoga sat guru who "left the body" in India on the morn...
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Now is the Time to Awaken Your Light Body

What are you waiting for? It will change your entire life. It did mine. And it kept changing it—as the years rolled on. The light body never failed to help me adapt and stretch to any situation. It also boosts your creativity, because it comes out of boundless energy. The light body is older and wiser than any of us. However, its energy, when properly focused, goes right into our everyday lives and energizes us on all levels.

I learned this course the “hard way” – by foot, train, and taxi – and in a foreign language, Dutch. I lived in Belgium. But it didn’t matter. The energies were there, regardless of the language and circumstances. I was amazed that I could actualize visualize with my eyes closed. The energies danced into “visions” when I least expected it, and they transported that excitement into me. As the energies danced into transformation, so that excited energy remained in me. So much so that I eventually began to teach the courses. And more courses. Till I was teaching practically every light body course that was offered to the public through a teacher.

I offer you a free introductory hour to see how you like these guided meditations yourself. I can guide you into a meditation and let you experience DaBen and Orin, the originators of the foundation course. Come, enjoy. I always do. And I think you will too.

 

The photos comes from the CDs in the six-box home study program of Awakening Your Light Body created by LuminEssence, www.orindaben.com; there, Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer describe these courses they channeled, which are now taught worldwide. Great attention is paid to being authentic and not over-commercialized. Are you ready for this course? If so, please contact me. You can start immediately.

 

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The Time I Almost Edited Norman Mailer

The End of Obscenity: The Trials of Lady Chatterley, Tropic of Cancer & Fanny Hill by the Lawyer Who Defended Them is dear to my heart.

This now-classic received the George Polk Memorial Book of the Year Award in journalism. Random House considered it an important manuscript, and to edit it, I was “loaned out”—assigned to work at the law offices of the author, Harvard-educated Charles Rembar, all day every day for a couple of months. In the conference room, I sat at a big table with him and piles of chapters he’d drafted to stand alone.  

The writing was excellent, as Rembar felt a lively rivalry with his first cousin Norman Mailer—not just on the tennis courts. Yet, because of the stand-alone approach to each chapter, he—as he knew—had introduced topics and reintroduced and reintroduced them later on. We were working with a typewriter, not a computer, which meant that I had to turn my brain into a cross-referencing data bank.

So, morning to night (ordering in lunch and taking an evening break for an expense-account-paid dinner at a restaurant nearby), we turned the isolated chapters into a flowing book.

It’s because of Rembar, in part, that I wound up having a private  conversation, one on one, with Norman Mailer in a Greenwich Village loft. My friend, mentor, and sometime boyfriend—poet, essayist, and Blake critic Milton Klonsky—had taken me to a party, in the home of actress Geraldine Page and husband Rip Torn. There, Mailer and I discussed his introduction to The End of Obscenity. I had already decided it couldn’t be edited, though I had tried. But it is wisdom to let well enough alone. This was one such situation. Initially attempting to tighten the language, I quickly discovered that Mailer’s style built repetition on repetition; trying to eliminate any of it was like pulling a thread from a carefully woven tapestry.

When I told him that, he commented that maybe he would have liked being edited. My impression of Mailer was of his presence. I felt his full attention and a very responsive face, with energy rippling through it. I was surprised and never forgot. As for Geraldine Page, she would later win an Oscar for Best Actress to massive applause—over Anne Bancroft, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, and Whoopi Goldberg; the announcer called her “the best actress in the English language today.” But in this loft party, neither she nor anyone else seemed pretentious. They were artists and authenticity ran deep. Read more on Rembar and the history of banning books in the U.S. in The Guardian.

After the successful trial of Grove Press and Rembar, freeing Lady Chatterley’s Lover (D.H. Lawrence), Penguin in England followed suit. Read more on that fascinating prelude to our modern era here in The Telegraph.

D. H. Lawrence
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“Using Dreams to Clear Clutter” – Interview with Margaret

Watch it here

I have just watched Using Dreams to Clear Clutter”  – under Julie Coraccio’s “Liked Podcasts”  – and I really enjoyed it. Julie is a marvelous interviewer. And that ability shines through. Also, I loaded the answers with examples, as dreams are storytelling vehicles. Please do watch it. I guarantee you’ll find some interesting tips on dreaming.

Julie Coraccio introduces her popular podcast like this:

Declutter Your Life

We all have gifts and talents, but clutter, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or energetic keeps you stuck. Julie Coraccio supports you in Reawakening Your Brilliance through clearing the clutter to create the life you choose, deserve and desire!

On Tuesday,  September 13, her taped interview with me on Dreams and Decluttering – in particular, the Jungian interpretation of dreams – first aired. The exact title is “Using Dreams to Clear Clutter.” I initially only heard it – but didn’t see – it, as my iTunes program wasn’t cooperating. Julie did a fantastic job! Examples I gave include how – through dreams – a man was able to avoid marrying someone he unconsciously knew was wrong for him, how – in a dream – I got the message not to continue analysis at the Jung Institute, what it means when you dream that someone in driving you in a car. That is, usually, for all dreams are unique to you and can reflect your own batch of symbols. Also covered in the interview are tips on manifesting as well as how to build a relationship with “the unconscious.” And how this is a key to creativity.

Carl Jung
Carl Jung

The podcast can be viewed here on iTunes – under “Liked podcasts.” Or viewed here on YouTube (September 17). If you enjoy it, it would be lovely if you leave a comment; comments increase her already substantial rating. She has excellent podcasts in her archives. You can spend some enjoyable hours or half hours. For instance, with her interview with “the Fly Lady.”

And if you need expert advice on using Google Hangouts on Air for your podcasts, she can help you here.

On a separate note, there’s a new podcast interview with me by Victoria Weston on MEDITATION. Click here to listen.

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An Interview with HST Books about the Keep this Quiet Book! Series

I am very honored to see the beautiful display Martin Flynn created and the kind words of introduction. The Q&A adds insights that his questions brought out. He is a marvelous interviewer and every Hunter Thompson fan should know his site. I also like what he does with visuals. Always a splashy page. Much for the eye.

A Margaret Harrell Q&A

Margaret Harrell, in my opinion is a rarity in any world, let alone the HST world. Two of her 9 or 10 books include significant fodder for the discerning  Hunter S. Thompson fan. She is a rarity because shortly after you begin reading you realize she is hiding nothing. Her honesty is refreshing. She puts herself at the mercy of the reader. The two books are Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert. And… Keep This Quiet Too! More Adventures with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaert (Volume 2) Most readers here will know about them and hopefully have read them. If you haven’t read them just click the titles for Margaret’s site and how to buy.

Check out the Q & A Martin Flynn has posted here.

 

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Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli – Two Giants

In 1931, Pauli, a physics professor at a university in Zurich, consulted Jung about his psychological issues and alcohol use; his mother had committed suicide and his marriage, less than a year old, had broken up.On the work front, shortly after his divorce he announced (correctly) the possible existence of a new particle, the neutrino. Instead of analyzing Pauli’s dreams himself, Jung sent Pauli to a student colleague, thinking it would be better if he did not conduct the sessions in person. He immediately recognized the archetypal richness of this material and did not want to influence it. The analysis was short. But from 1932 till 1958, the two corresponded about Pauli’s never-ending stream of dreams and the lively surmises they stimulated. Jung wrote about them, keeping Pauli anonymous. And he drew heavily on Pauli’s ideas in formulating his theory of synchronicity. Atom and Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters 1928-1952 was published in English translation only in 2001. And thanks to that, the fascinating correspondence of these two giants figures figures in Keep This Quiet! III.

Taking place in large part in the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, where I enrolled in 1984, I found myself, like many who go there, changed forever. In my case, by an initiation called Confrontation with the Self. The Jung-Pauli letters are a beautiful companion to my look-back at those days. Their ideas are never old, raising questions we still have not officially answered and perhaps never will. In spite of (or because of) his frequent encounters with dreams, Jung was all the more impressed with Pauli’s. And Pauli, for his part, did not let on to his colleagues he even dreamed. This man known for a caustic tongue, who was strongly intellectual, was fascinated with learning about his feelings, that deep-within territory ruled over by his anima. Jung said: right on. And off they went.

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Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung: Initiations

Above, Pauli sits with Einstein.

Now both men [Jung and Pauli] are dead. Physics has undergone great advances with its grand unified theories and its current development of superstring theory. Yet the central question remains: What is the nature of Pauli’s great dream? What is that speculum that lies between the worlds of mind and matter? Will it be possible to develop a new physics and a new psychology which are complementary to each other?

David Peat, “Divine Contenders”

An excerpt from the “Author’s Note” to the third volume in the Keep This Quiet! series, Initiations, is below:

The third in the series, Keep This Quiet! Initiations continues my memoir. As well as being a memoir, this book is indebted to Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (born in 1875) and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli (born in 1900 in Vienna), who dreamed together of uniting physics with psychology. I attended the C. G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, Switzerland, a suburb of Zurich, 1984‒87.

It was in Zurich I had my first initiation. The initiation built on the sudden (to me) death of Milton Klonsky (November 29, 1981), which baffled me, made me question whether death really existed in a nonphysical sense—a question I wanted to answer for myself by experience. Did the mind that told me “Some of us have more whites around the eyeballs. I was a crazy kid. You know what I was crazed by? Immortality” just vanish into dust? He went on: “I’ve died. But I’ve died into me; he’s still around. I can talk to that kid anytime I want to.”

Was his astonishing mind (that library of knowledge, beacon of sparkling insight) obliterated? Was all evidence of his lifetime decayed into soil and recycled?

I had to know. By closely following the experiences I was having after his death—in dreams and outer incidents—I hoped to find out. In that, the unconscious would help me, I believed; it had helped me as a writer since age seven.

Another major player in Keep This Quiet! III and IV is “the unconscious.” Some scientists have studied how we are aware of information before our brains register it; there is a delay; so what we act on might be unconscious information to which we quite accurately get the signal before we realize it consciously. Deeper than that, though, is the collective unconscious:

What is the unconscious? As Jung made central to his schema, there exists in addition to an individual unconscious that contains our personal memories, a deeper, highly structured collective (or objective) unconscious that is inherited. It is, as Jung put it, “the foundation of what the ancients called the ‘sympathy of all things.’” The physicist F. David Peat calls it “the common ground out of which matter and mind emerge.” But this is only the beginning point as to what that collective-unconscious mind is. Often I use the term “the unconscious,” in cases where it is clear which is meant but also because if you are unconscious in a situation, the mind is very often drawing from both personal and objective layers.

We know that until you can imagine something, believe it’s possible, you’re pretty sure not to see it around you even if it is. Your eyes will skim right over it, vowing it isn’t there. It seems wildly implausible, as did many experiences in this book until I had them myself. Even the eye refuses to cooperate. Peat puts it starkly: “Anthropologists have reported that aboriginal people shown snapshots of themselves usually can’t see anything but a swirl of abstract colors and shapes. They don’t know how to read that kind of map.”

Another important topic in this book  is quite naturally initiations. Beginning when I lived in Zurich for three years, my life was filled with them. They were my teacher:

Initiations break down belief systems, using powerful means to divert our neural pathways, open up our hearts; if necessary, make us take our heads out of the sand. For me, as this story unfolds, experience—often contrary to what I supposed was true—became the teacher.

These initiations, beginning in 1985 (based first on the death of Milton Klonsky in 1981, which I didn’t learn about till the summer of 1982), took me to multidimensional places. Initiations are personal and transpersonal. They transform us—in this case, me. The unconscious, however, is still vital. It’s just that what is unconscious is in constant flux.

Initiations individually take us across our own stopping points, our own finishing lines where ribbons are broken. We burst across, out of breath, in a turmoil, turned topsy-turvy. These things happened to me. I began to discover a consciousness level far beyond my own.

But I had to learn for myself; everyone does. And this book is the result. For a lot of people today, there are boundaries ready to be pushed aside. I learned how to say what follows over the past twenty-seven years. Now the page is turned, and I walk into the book formed of those experiences, those initiations.

FIVE-STAR AMAZON REVIEW:

March 24, 2014
Margaret describes events from her middle years as well as her retrospective observations. As a regular practice, she bares her soul, reporting her deepest observations and thoughts. She is living each moment, trying to experience all her life potentially has to offer. I was taken along on this incredible, uncompromising journey. The retrospective observations are if anything the most interesting part of the book, as she delves into her understanding of the physical/psychic dimensions of the realities she experienced.
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Rome Exhibit

Here’s the announcement of the Rome exhibit in a small art gallery. Also, here’s the gallery link. And below is the cloud giclee that will be on the wall. We’re to use this for publicity. So to all my Rome friends, here’s the location. Of course, I need to make some Rome friends. Maybe this photograph will do it for me.

Sunscape: Face in Blue-Brown
Sunscape: Face in Blue-Brown

 

 

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