Hear, hear: I was not in The Proud Highway – scholars, alert

Margaret A Harrell – Ballet Bolero
The Hell’s Angels Letters

I’m glad to have the occasion to make these corrections now, while I’m alive. Earlier, I was correcting cemented errors in Hunter’s history. But now I realize there’s an opening for a brand-new 0ne.

I suppose it’s logical. That’s why I want to get ahead of it, before it sweeps the Gonzo world, as other rumors have.

The correction is that, contrary to logic, I am NOT in The Proud Highway, his first book of letters. That’s right. It’s not me. Not in the Bal-Random combo, as Hunter put it. Not – repeat, NOT – responsible in any way for the initial comments in the margins of his manuscript. All that preceded me. I had never heard of him at the time, not up till August 1966!

There is in The Proud Highway a complete blackout from Hunter about the period in which I worked with him.  For that you have to go to The Hell’s Angels Letters, where he profusely evokes his thoughts in the moment, slapdash or thought through, humorous or deeply touching.

 

When, May 24, 1966, he writes Bill Kennedy that “the Bal/Random combine [made] a few penciled comments in the margin,” that is NOT ME. I was busy with another book!!!

Bernard Shir-Cliff  and Jim Silberman were the acquisition/developmental editors. My copy editing, which included line editing, came into play AFTER Hunter turned in the pristine revised manuscript to Jim, around the very end of July.

Receiving Hunter’s revised draft, Jim passed it to me. As you see from The Proud Highway  letters, Hunter probably did not expect this next step, evidently, because he keeps announcing the book’s impending publication.

The only place he speaks directly and at length about our work together (outside his letters to me) is in Fear and Loathing in America, Aug. 12, 1971, to Lynn Nesbit. He writes:

and he should assign someone to the book [his new book] who will prod me unmercifully, in the same way a copy editor named Margaret Harrell kept me locked to the daily grindstone on the Hell’s Angels book. That is, made sure he kept to the deadline.

Letter Oct. 4 (in The Proud Highway), an oblique reference to me: he has “the book’s finished first draft.” But that’s it. There is no mention of editing issues.

This is presumably just AFTER we began telephone communication, which gave him a sufficient outlet for expressing all his issues in a tight container of communication by phone and letter to me. No external venting.

So why doesn’t The Proud Highway contain samples of his letters to me that are in The Hell’s Angels Letters: Hunter S. Thompson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classic. Well, there  you’ve got me. I’ve speculated he for some unrevealed reason no longer had copies! Or he may also have wanted, even then, to preserve my privacy. I opt for the first answer, but who knows? Someone will find out.

Nov 28 The Proud Highway. He’s working with me, using the telephone expense account. Has no verbalized complaints in letters even to his friends He now knows the accurate pub month, January.

The beauty and special value of The Hell’s Angels Letters is that it does not supplement The Proud Highway material but succeeds it – as The Next Step. It is Act Four if that was Act Three. New plot, new players, new scene.

In fact, the two books barely overlap and cover two distinct periods. It is as if someone, acting on my behalf, swept in and said, “No, no, no comment on that, no comment. Save it for Margaret.” Some custodian of who gets to cover what.

So THE HELL’S ANGELS LETTERS picks up AFTER Hunter turns the revised manuscript over to Jim by mail in Early July. At that point ONLY does Jim turn a pile of very clean, unmarked orange pages (his manuscript)  over to me for copy editing.

Here, The Proud Highway goes silent on the Random House proceedings.  It’s Intermission time between Hunter’s two books of correspondence, and to entertain the audience during intermission we have The Hell’s Angels Letters, entirely different material.

Copy editing is very different from developmental editing, and Jim Silberman and Bernard Shir-Cliff were acquisition editors/developmental editing.

Jim Silberman at his office
Hunter Thompson at his ranch in 1991

Especially in those days at Random House, it carried a lot of responsibility: line editing, fact checking, proofing, suggesting in pencil (in brackets) paragraphs I thought needed tightening or transposing. Also, it necessitated psychology. Imagine a young author. You have to know how to reach him sensitively (it was all male authors I worked with in those days)so that he gets interested in changing even a word in his manuscript.  Therefore, you have to show him an error he is grateful you pointed out. And another one, till he is pleading with you – slight exaggeration – to tell him what more you found. One author even pleaded with me to show him my secret notes on his entire book.

There was no badgering or haggling, but a seeing of eye to eye, at least in the way I was expected to handle things. After all, Jim said to me regarding Hunter, “Keep him happy.” They wanted a New York Times best seller, which they got. They wanted to hang onto the author for future books, already under discussions. So his wish would be their command. It’s a very different story today, when sales are so much emphasized. Sales were important, but equally or more so a carefully crafted book. The editors were book lovers. They loved ideas and words.

With all of his work as acquisition/developmental editor, Jim had to delegate. He thanked the Universe that he felt safe when we worked as a team. I did too. He did not “read over my shoulders.” We made a plan, I copy edited, I then showed the copy edited manuscript to him, he OK’d it, I sent it to Hunter.

After that, Hunter worked DIRECTLY with me only. Lawyer objections, for instance, were funneled through me to him. Here, of course, he tried to raise bloody hell. But it had nothing to do with me personally. It was about legal interference. And  I sided with him while also getting him to oblige the lawyers.

Hunter even had me writing Sonny Barger and Allen Ginsberg on his behalf. He made me his assistant, in effect, and RH did not mind as long as he was happy.

The Proud Highway is a marvelous source for the first stage.

The Hell’s Angels Letters are THE ONLY source for the copyediting stage and in that sense his relationship with me.

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Christmas Brainstorm – The Hell’s Angels Letters – buy it personally signed

For the Gonzo aficionado, A Christmas Favorite – The Hell’s Angels Letters, Order HERE

If you would like it personally signed, contact me.  It’s easy and will be a marvelous  Christmas touch. Below are some reactions to The Hell’s Angels Letters followed by photos related to the book and me. Cover: Grant Goodwine. For collectors, looking far into the future, there is a limited edition of 120 (at $120). For the high-end coffee table edition ($60, 297 pages, many in color), you can’t go wrong, as underscored enthusiastically below and by every single reader who reported back:

The eminent reviewer for the Washington Post Michael Dirda has just given a Big Head’s Up to The Hell’s Angels Letters: Hunter S. Thompson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classic in his October 8, 2020, write-up about it inside a piece called “Can’t get enough Game of Thrones or Star Wars? New editions on cult favorites are here to satisfy:

Among late 20th-century American writers, none can rival Norman Mailer and Hunter S. Thompson in sheer force of personality, both on the page and in person. Mailer, whether in his fiction, polemical essays or reportage, always aimed to be consequential, to be fiercely engaged with his times. Would that he were living now! For a hint of what we’ve lost, check out the latest book-length issue, Volume 13, of “The Mailer Review” at the home page of The Norman Mailer Society. Thompson’s motto might well have been “Nothing in moderation.” For “The ‘Hell’s Angels’ Letters,” Margaret Ann Harrell — in collaboration with Ron Whitehead — has assembled a dossier of all her correspondence with Thompson during the time she worked as the editor of the gonzo writer’s “strange and terrible saga of the outlaw motorcycle gangs.” Typed manuscript pages, scribbled notes, photographs, interviews and all sorts of period ephemera relating to “Hell’s Angels” allow the reader a valuable, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of this classic of New Journalism.

Beatdom review by publisher David Wills, author of High White Notes:

Finding the truth amidst the Gonzo madness of Hunter Thompson’s life story is not easy. He was an incorrigible self-mythologiser and the books about him tend to incorporate many of his own fantastic – and totally untrue – stories as though they were fact. Harrell attempted to dispel at least one of these myths in Keep This Quiet and digs deeper in The Hell’s Angels Letters, determined to set the record straight about how and where Thompson got the idea for a book on the Death of the American Dream and how his pet snake can to a violent end.

As the title implies, this book is mainly comprised of letters between Harrell and Thompson, some typed and some handwritten, and all printed here in colour. Of course, there are already two collections of Hunter Thompson’s letters available, but somehow they are even more enjoyable when read in the original form. Whether typed or scrawled in giant letters with a red pen, Thompson’s correspondence is invariably annotated and corrected in his unique way, adding a layer of personality that was missing from the collections, as well – of course – as Harrell’s explanations that provide further insight.

Margaret Harrell, The Hell’s Angels Letters launch

In case you missed it, there’s a Gonzo Today review of The Hell’s Angels Letters Letters by Kyle K. Mann, Editor-in-Chief. It opens like this:

This is a big book, literally and figuratively. The short version:

The Hell’s Angels Letters is a must-have text for any Hunter S. Thompson fan. Lavishly documented and illustrated with the actual correspondence that led to the publication of his breakthrough literary effort, ‘Hell’s Angels,’ this coffee-table book literally shows how HST boot-strapped his way from a impoverished nobody journalist to growing legend. The author, Margaret Harrell, who was Thompson’s editor on his inaugural book, and her collaborator, Thompson’s friend and associate poet Ron Whitehead, have succeeded brilliantly to create a fabulous present for you, or anyone in your life who admires Thompson’s numerous achievements. It is not inexpensive, but no matter, it’s worth every penny. The Hell’s Angels Letters: Hunter S Thompson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classic gets five stars out of five! Bravo!

The long version:

I was delighted to get the package at the Topanga Post Office from Ron. I got it home and opened it eagerly. As I flipped through the pages, I was astounded to see typewritten and even handwritten letters from HST. Beyond amazing! But, how the freaking hell am I going to review it?

It sat on my desk for weeks, demanding attention. I found myself resentful as the days went by… what am I doing with this monstrosity? I’d open it and recoil due to the intensity of HST’s personality, roaring off the page. I tried getting stoned and looking anew, but nope, way too heavy to digest and analyze in that state. Yet, Ron had sent it to me to review, and I knew our Gonzo Today readers wanted, even needed, to get my take.

To continue reading, click here.

In the Hunter Thompson Kitchen, Frazier Museum

First official reader review:

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 comes into being. (That contact continues thereafter.) Beside this is the admiring and excited perspective of that beautiful young woman at Random House, who then changes course to set off on some adventures of her own. (She turns out to be very interesting and deep in her own way, becoming more complex as she matures.) Interwoven is a history of the times, from literary and political perspectives, with a cast of characters from then. Plus interviews and short articles by authorities exploring Hunter Thompson’s  legacy. Photographs. And witty cartoons. 

I found this highly accessible book intriguing in a down-to-Earth very human way, requiring not metaphors, but rather—it seems to me—a deeply self-revealing honesty. I have liked it tremendously.

Paul Krassner, a player in The Hell’s Angels Letters

Virginia Williams, PhD, President of Williams LifeSkills

With Rory Feehan at the Frazier 2019

Bill McKeen and Juan Thompson - Gonzo Fest

Juan Thompson, Margaret Harrell, Tim Denevi
Tim Denevi and Margaret Harrell

Hunter, 1991A favorite of Hunter

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FINAL YOUTUBE LINKS – July 16-18 – The Hell’s Angels Letters LAUNCH & FESTIVAL

The hard cover of The Hell’s Angels Letters: Hunter S. Thompson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classic now joins the high-end paperback and e-book, ready to order at Norfolk Press.

Below are the updated, final (corrected) public links to all the Launch events July 16-18. The San Francisco Launch turned into a FESTIVAL.

Margaret A. Harrell Interview by David Streitfeld

Panel with Peter Richardson, William McKeen, Dr. Rory Patrick Feehan and David Streitfeld

The State of Gonzo Address: Ron Whitehead

Dr. Rory Patrick Feehan: Hunter S. Thompson Archives

Tim Devevi Interview and Reading

Live Gonzo Art with Grant Goodwine

At the historic Canessa Gallery where Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and others, over the years, all passed through

 

Watch Dr. Rory Patrick Feehan display and describe his collection of Hunter Thompson artifacts – old magazine articles, etc. – all the way from Ireland

The hardcover is “the beautiful limited edition of just 120 books, signed and numbered by the Author.  Signature sewn, the hard cover is hot stamped with white foil, on black Italian book cloth.”

Expert and entertaining contributors to the Launch (or Festival) included  the list below, which gathers into One Place most of the Hunter Thompson experts in the world:

Grant Goodwine is a Louisville-Based Illustrator who has long been affiliated with the GONZO movement, including helping illustrate The Hell’s Angels Letters and annual posters for Gonzofest and even for Churchill Downs to help celebrate Hunter’s “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved.” Grant puts in his effort to help conserve Hunter’s Legacy along with hopes of keeping Gonzo going.


Margaret A. Harrell is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, who was Hunter’s copy editor and Jim Silberman’s assistant editor on Hell’s Angels at Random House, as well as working on many successful books there. With degrees from Duke University and Columbia University, she studied three years at the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich. She has lived in the U.S., Morocco, Switzerland, and Belgium and has fourteen published books, including the Keep This Quiet! memoir series and The Hell’s Angels Letters. Multifaceted, she is an author, editor, advanced meditation (light body) teacher and experimental cloud photographer.


Ron Whitehead, poet, writer, editor, publisher, professor, scholar, activist, is the author of 24 books and 34 albums. Ron has produced thousands of events and festivals, including 24 & 48 & 72 & 90 hour non-stop music & poetry Insomniacthons, in Europe and the USA. He has presented thousands of readings, talks, and performances around the world. He has edited and published hundreds of titles. The recipient of many awards, his work has been translated into 20 languages. In 2018 Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented Ron with a Lifetime Achievement for Work in The Arts Award. Ron Whitehead has recently been selected to become the US National Beat Poet Laureate (2021–2022). He was in 2019 the first US citizen to be named UNESCO’s Tartu City of Literature Writer-in-Residence.. He is co-founder and Chief of Poetics for Gonzofest Louisville. Outlaw Poet: The Legend of Ron Whitehead documentary will be released by Storm Generation Films/Dark Star TV in 2021.


David Streitfeld is the editor of Hunter S. Thompson: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (Melville House, 2018). The Last Interview series, which he edits, includes such authors as Gabriel García Márquez, Philip K. Dick and J. D. Salinger. He is a reporter for the New York Times, where in 2013 he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. He has won various other prizes for his journalism. In the past he worked for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.


William McKeen is a professor and the Chairman of the Department of Journalism at Boston University; he is the author or editor of thirteen successful books, including Outlaw JournalistMile Marker Zero, and Everybody Had an Ocean. McKeen teaches courses on journalism history, literary journalism and rock n’ roll and American culture and previously taught at Western Kentucky University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Florida, where he chaired the department of journalism.


Rory Patrick Feehan, PhD, is a Hunter S. Thompson Scholar and the founder of Totallygonzo.org. He graduated with a doctorate in English Language & Literature from the University of Limerick in 2018. He has spoken at the Louisville Gonzofest and at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, on the opening night of their exhibit Gonzo: The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson. A regular contributor to Beatdom, he has also recently contributed a piece on Thompson to the encyclopedia American Political Humor: Masters of Satire and Their Impact on U.S. Policy and Culture.


Tim Denevi is the author of Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism (PublicAffairs, 2018) and Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His essays on politics, sport, and religion have recently appeared in The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Salon, The Normal School, and Literary Hub. He received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and he’s been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Tim is an assistant professor at George Mason University and lives near Washington, DC.


John F. Brick is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He specializes in American literary journalism of the 1960s and ’70s with a particular focus on Hunter S. Thompson and Gonzo journalism, and among his long-term career goals is to see the burgeoning niche of Thompson studies coalesce around centralized, comprehensive archives.  To that end, his work involves locating and cataloging—occasionally from unusual places—material by and about Thompson heretofore unknown to literary scholarship.  Alongside his dissertation, Gonzo Eternal, Brick is also presently compiling a thorough annotated variorum of Thompson’s seminal Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (but don’t tell his dissertation director about that).


TK Tran is a Bay Area native who spends his days working in communications for a cybersecurity company. During his nights and weekends, he writes and performs country music locally and leads an off-roading club of over 40 members. In the past, he has hosted two weekly podcasts and moderated over 500 international online webinars. He is active in organizations such as West Coast Songwriters and Musicians on Call.


Alice Osborn is apoet, singer-songwriter, and book editor whose poetry collections include Heroes without CapesAfter the Steaming Stops, and Unfinished Projects. She is hard at work on an album and a historical novel about the ill-fated Donner Party of 1846–’47. Searching for Paradise is her most recent album, featuring crowd-pleasing favorite originals. Alice is the recipient of a United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County 2019 Professional Development Grant; the President of the NC Songwriters’ Co-op, and she also plays and teaches fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her accountant husband, two talented teenagers, and four loud birds all named after musicians. Visit Alice’s website at https://aliceosborn.com and check out her music at https://reverbnation.com/aliceosborn.


Nick Storm is the founder of Kentucky Fried Politics, Kentucky’s source for political news. He is a veteran statewide reporter, anchor, and the former managing editor of cn|2 Pure Politics, a Kentucky statewide cable political news program. Nick broke numerous national and statewide stories, including an expose on former Gov. Julian Carroll who sought sex in exchange for help getting a man into art school. Nick’s work has been featured in The InterceptPolitico, Roll CallThe Hill, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post among others. He is twice Emmy nominated, and the winner of the 2018 Society for Professional Journalists Louisville Chapter Investigative report of the year. Nick is a graduate of Leadership Louisville class of 2020. Nick’s documentary film Outlaw Poet: The Legend of Ron Whitehead, the story of a friend and contemporary of Kentuckian Hunter S. Thompson, is due to be released in 2021. Nick worked for the United States Department of Justice from August 2018 until January 2021.


Timothy Ferris is the author of a dozen books—among them the bestsellers The Whole Shebang and Coming of Age in the Milky Way. . . . A former editor of Rolling Stone magazine, he has published over 200 articles and essays. Ferris wrote and narrated three PBS documentary films—The Creation of the Universe (1986), Life Beyond Earth (1999), and Seeing in the Dark (2007). Ferris produced the Voyager phonograph record, an artifact of human civilization containing music and sounds of Earth launched aboard the twin Voyager interstellar spacecraft. . . . Ferris has received the American Institute of Physics prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. . . . A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Professor Ferris has taught in five disciplines—astronomy, English, history, journalism, and philosophy–at four universities. He is currently an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

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My Escape! Nicole Flemming – Afghanistan inside look

Nicole Flemming – My Escape – Afghanistan

 

 

On Amazon , this incredible book will take you inside what it’s like to be a female child in the rural areas of this country. And what awaits the females there as Western troops leave, with most of us not really aware what that means. Read Nicole’s uplifting account. She lived it. Horrifically but inspiringly, she opts to come out on the positive side. I had the honor to edit it, so I know every word, every shock, every choice to be happy regardless, is accurate.

A brutal, frank, and extraordinary account
of true-life stories by Nicole Flemming.

Nicole was born into an Afghan/Irish family in London. Frequently, when people tell stories about their childhood, they remember happy memories playing in the park, their birthday parties, and even adventures with friends.

Yet, such a reality is not part of everyone’s life . . .

This book takes you into the life of a British Afghan female where the male holds all the authority. She experienced abuse from the person who was supposed to look after her. Trapped, afraid, and alone, young Nicole shows us what life was like for her. She also takes us on a life journey of her ancestors, both Afghani and Irish.
Nicole was uplifted by divine intervention from the spirit world; they held her hand and showed her the way, which only deepened her spiritual gifts and enhanced her ability to help others. She reveals many little-known backroads of life that are kept well hidden and unseen, which are not mentioned on this back cover. She will be highlighting some important subjects.
It is not your everyday read. Let’s put it that way.

This book will move you, leaving you gasping with astonishment at just what goes on behind closed doors.

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Photos – Highlights – The Hell’s Angels Letters FESTIVAL – A Christmas Bonanza Gift

Above: Grant Goodwine – Hunter on the Coast Highway

One of many images at the Canessa Gallery exhibit – one of the best.

The festival took us back to where it all began, the letters Hunter wrote FROM a tiny apartment in San Francisco in 1966 and after have returned to their original home in coffeetable book form. Join us as we celebrate. Also, this is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And the book that started it all, Hell’s Angels,  had it fiftieth-year celebration in 1966! How the years flew by. He left us physically but left these books and memories behind.

Events

MAIN EVENTS JULY 16 – JULY 18, 2021: HARD COVER BOOK LAUNCH

These events were streamed live and the videos are now online.

 

 

 

Below are the updated, final (corrected) public links to all the Launch events July 16-18. The San Francisco Launch turned into a FESTIVAL.

Margaret A. Harrell Interview by David Streitfeld

Panel with Peter Richardson, William McKeen, Dr. Rory Patrick Feehan and David Streitfeld

A panel consisting of William McKeen and Dr. Rory Patrick Feehan (on Zoom) and David Streitfeld and Peter Richardson (in the Canessa Gallery Live) will discuss “Hell’s Angels as a bridge to Hunter becoming the Gonzo figure in Fear and Loathing.” This is the fiftieth anniversary year of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971).

Moderators: Margaret A. Harrell and Ron Whitehead.

The State of Gonzo Address: Ron Whitehead

“The State of Gonzo Address: Searching for Hunter S. Thompson.” A 20-minute talk by Ron Whitehead, followed by a 20-minute talk by John Brick, PhD candidate, on his research for his Marquette dissertation, “Gonzo Eternal,” ending with a 15–30-min. Q & A.

Dr. Rory Patrick Feehan: Hunter S. Thompson Archives

Tim Devevi Interview and Reading

A 45-minute Zoom talk by Tim Denevi discussing Hunter’s development and growth as a writer during the time he wrote the Hell’s Angels article and the book. Followed by 15–30 minutes of Live Q & A from Margaret Harrell and Ron Whitehead.

Live Gonzo Art with Grant Goodwine

At the historic Canessa Gallery

To attend any of these events in person, sign up below. Space is limited.

July 16, 2021— Friday evening at 7 p.m.
A 45-minute Zoom talk by Tim Denevi discussing Hunter’s development and growth as a writer during the time he wrote the Hell’s Angels article and the book. Followed by 15–30 minutes of Live Q & A from Margaret Harrell and Ron Whitehead.

Margaret Harrell, The Hell’s Angels Letters launch

 

 

 

 

ORDER THE HARD COVER OR HIGH-END SOFT COVER BOOK FROM NORFOLK PRESS

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I “Make Authors” – one reviewer says – Find the Magic in Your Book

For ten months now I’ve been on the recommended list of editors for Self-Publishing School (SPS), a highly successful teaching program for writing and marketing, which has clients worldwide. This has introduced me to a large number of editing clients worldwide I would never otherwise have met, and we have had many happy adventures together. Finally, I decided to collect some of the book titles and also some author comments:

Man Cave of Health: A Why-To Book about Men’s Health: Through the Eyes of a Health  Coach Who Has Heard It All

The cover is being designed. The author, LaRue Palmer, a health coach and chef, who worked at many famous Las Angeles restaurants and then at SpaceX, writes about the editing process:

Great work all around. You have transformed me into a better writer, and for the first time, an AUTHOR! Thank you for giving me my start. I am forever in your debt.

Young and Dumb: Year of Years, which will soon be followed by a riotous book about dogs playing baseball.

Young and Dumb : Year of Years by [Thomas Louis Carroll]

Acknowledgments Testimonial: “Several people were instrumental in the publication of this book; the warmest thanks go out to . . . my editor Margaret Harrell, who managed to improve this book tremendously with her skill and perseverance.” Elsewhere:

This is absolutely fabulous, just what I wanted. I agree with almost every single one of your edits . . . You are doing a great job and making the MS better on almost every page.

 The Change Journey – endorsed by Mike Dooley, NY Times Best Selling Author of Infinite Possibilities: “The Change Journey is a beautiful and inspirational guide to honoring yourself that shows you exactly how to get there.”

The Change Journey: A self-awareness guide for women who are thinking, 'How on earth did I end up here?' by [Nikki Lane]

Testimonial:

Thank you for your help and expertise. You have been amazing. I am so happy and proud with the final result.

My Stories Have No Endings

Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards

My Stories Have No Endings by [Gayle Gonsalves]

Acknowledgments Testimonial:

I was further blessed with Margaret Harrell’s keen editing eye. Her knowledge of words and language was an immense help to completing the book. Furthermore, her guidance on all things publishing was invaluable.

Coming Momentarily

Michael Rowell, Leadership Upgrade

Editor: Margaret ‘The Amazing’ Harrell

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Nicole Flemming, Escaped

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LAUNCH Details – July 16-18 – The Hells Angels LIMITED EDITION – San Francisco and streaming

Canessa Gallery  – click to see the beautiful interior

Limited Edition of 125 The Hell’s Angels Letters: Hunter S. Thomson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classic

The month of July in the Canessa Gallery, San Francisco

MAIN EVENTS—Pacific Coast Time:

Friday evening, July 16—7 p.m. A 20-minute Zoom talk by Tim Denevi discussing Hunter’s development and growth as a writer during the time he wrote the Hell’s Angels article and the book. Followed by 15–30 minutes of Live Q & A from Margaret Harrell and Ron Whitehead.

Saturday afternoon, July 17—2:30. A Live performance in Canessa Gallery. Journalist David Streitfeld will interview Margaret A. Harrell, author of The Hell’s Angels Letters, for roughly a couple of hours, including Q & A and then book signing. A spontaneous interview by a master interviewer who interviewed Hunter multiple times—no prepackaged answers. Everything improvised and spontaneous.

Saturday evening—7 to 8 p.m.: “Live Gonzo Art with Illustrator Grant Goodwine”

Saturday evening—8 p.m. )Live): “The State of Gonzo Address 2021: Hunter S. Thompson Crazy Wisdom Visionary.” A 20-minute talk by Ron Whitehead, followed by a 20-minute talk by John Brick, PhD candidate,  on his research for his Marquette dissertation, Gonzo Eternal, ending with a 15-30-min. Q & A.

Sunday, July 18: 2 p.m.

Topic: a panel consisting of William McKeen and Dr. Rory Patrick Fehan (on Zoom) and (in the Canessa Gallery Live) David Streitfeld and Peter Richardson will discuss “Hell’s Angels as a bridge to Hunter becoming the Gonzo figure in Fear and Loathing.” This is the fiftieth anniversary year of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971).

Moderators: Margaret A. Harrell and Ron Whitehead.

 

Short Bios:

Grant Goodwine is a Louisville-Based Illustrator who has long been affiliated with the GONZO movement, including helping illustrate The Hell’s Angels Letters and annual posters for Gonzofest and even for Churchill Downs to help celebrate Hunter’s “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved.” Grant puts in his effort to help conserve Hunter’s Legacy along with hopes of keeping Gonzo going.

Margaret A. Harrell is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, who was Hunter’s copy editor and Jim Silberman’s assistant editor on Hell’s Angels at Random House, as well as working on many successful books there. With degrees from Duke University and Columbia University, she studied three years at the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich. She has lived in the U.S., Morocco, Switzerland, and Belgium and has fourteen published books, including the Keep This Quiet! memoir series and The Hell’s Angels Letters. Multifaceted, she is an author, editor, advanced meditation (light body) teacher and experimental cloud photographer.

Ron Whitehead, poet, writer, editor, publisher, professor, scholar, activist, is the author of 24 books and 34 albums. Ron has produced thousands of events and festivals, including 24 & 48 & 72 & 90 hour non-stop music & poetry Insomniacthons, in Europe and the USA. He has presented thousands of readings, talks, and performances around the world. He has edited and published hundreds of titles. The recipient of many awards, his work has been translated into 20 languages. In 2018 Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented Ron with a Lifetime Achievement for Work in The Arts Award. In 2019 Ron was named Kentucky’s Beat Poet Laureate and was also the first U.S. citizen to be named UNESCO’s Tartu City of Literature Writer-in-Residence.. He is co-founder and Chief of Poetics for Gonzofest Louisville. Outlaw Poet: The Legend of Ron Whitehead documentary will be released by Storm Generation Films/Dark Star TV in 2021.

David Streitfeld is the editor of Hunter S. Thompson: The Last Interview and Other Conversations (Melville House, 2018). The Last Interview series, which he edits, includes such authors as Gabriel García Márquez, Philip K. Dick and J. D. Salinger. He is a reporter for the New York Times, where in 2013 he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. He has won various other prizes for his journal­ism. In the past he worked for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.

William McKeen is a professor and the Chairman of the De­partment of Journalism at Boston University; he is the author or editor of thirteen successful books, including Outlaw Jour­nalist, Mile Marker Zero, and Everybody Had an Ocean. McK­een teaches courses on journalism history, literary journalism and rock n’ roll and American culture and previously taught at Western Kentucky University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Florida, where he chaired the depart­ment of journalism.

Rory Patrick Feehan, PhD, is a Hunter S. Thompson Schol­ar and the founder of Totallygonzo.org. He graduated with a doctorate in English Language & Literature from the Uni­versity of Limerick in 2018. He has spoken at the Louisville Gonzofest and at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, on the opening night of their exhibit Gonzo: The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson. A regular contributor to Beatdom, he has also recently contributed a piece on Thompson to the ency­clopedia American Political Humor: Masters of Satire and Their Impact on U.S. Policy and Culture.

Tim Denevi is the author of Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson’s Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism (PublicAffairs, 2018) and Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His essays on politics, sport, and religion have recently appeared in The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Salon, The Normal School, and Literary Hub. He received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and he’s been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Tim is an assistant professor at George Mason University and lives near Washington, DC.

John F. Brick is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He specializes in American literary journalism of the 1960s and ’70s with a particular focus on Hunter S. Thompson and Gonzo journalism, and among his long-term career goals is to see the burgeoning niche of Thompson studies coalesce around centralized, comprehensive archives.  To that end, his work involves locating and cataloging—occasionally from unusual places—material by and about Thompson heretofore unknown to literary scholarship.  Alongside his dissertation, Gonzo Eternal, Brick is also presently compiling a thorough annotated variorum of Thompson’s seminal Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (but don’t tell his dissertation director about that).

 

Playing on the Big Canessa Screen – during the month of July

 

 1. Wonderland Book Club panel on The Hell’s Angels Letters

Alice Osborn, moderator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVJbHG03dOg

2. Margaret A. Harrell – filmed live by film maker Nick Storm, Gonzo Fest 2014, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville KY. DVD (Mailed Fed Ex)

  1. Rory Feehan’s 25-minute video of his extensive HST collection, with him narrating
  2. A 9-min. video by Tim Ferris, awarded science writer and also former Rolling Stone science writer at the time of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter’s friend. Exquisite remembrance.
  1. Video of the events themselves as they are finished

ARTIFACTS for the Walls

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Hunter Thompson at Canessa Gallery San Francisco July 2021

Canessa Gallery

which recently celebrated its 50th birthday, is hosting the Launch of the hard cover deluxe edition of The Hell’s Angels Letters: Hunter S. Thompson, Margaret Harrell and the Making of an American Classic all during the month of July! Coming soon! If you are in San Francisco, drop by and see the exhibit. The live events I will participate in, and Ron Whitehead and Grant Goodwine will occur during the week of July 15 – 19, with a grand crescendo, I expect, on July 18, Hunter’s birthday. We just picked up the plan from 2020 and moved it – expanded – to 2021. More details as they open up. If you want an invitation, please let us know, as room is limited. If you have any Hunter Thompson memorabilia you want us to exhibit on the walls, let us know. I will pass that to the curator of the exhibit, Charles Cunningham, man of many hats (he is also the publisher, with a strong artistic bent). If you happen to have anything you want to let us exhibit on loan or anything we can include in the hard cover that is rare HST memorabilia, we will be ecstatic.

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The Silver Woman of Fire

Elizabeth Upton has mastered the art of simplicity and peace. She inspires us, in a sentence, to stop and reflect, slow down, take a deep breath, be Present.

In this book, Elizabeth Upton has written a collection of insights that are simple and profound. They lead the reader to stop and ponder, sit and reflect. “Being Real,” “Life Needs Fixing,” and “Bored to Death,” among other chapters, tell us “It is always time to Gather Your Nerve and Live.” She says: “Listen and pause to the life of your mind. Listen and pause to your heart beating in your body with your every step, that offers you deeper understanding of who you are.”

Among Upton’s defining life experiences, she was a nun in a convent for twenty years and also conquered a mysterious disease twice. A deep, abiding compassion gives the author the ability to walk with the reader during our most challenging experiences.

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Legacy Writing – Carolina Book & Writer Conference – Feb. 13

Join Margaret with Alice Osborn and Larry Perkins at the Writing Your Legacy panel at the Fifth Annual Carolina Book & Writer Conference virtually on Zoom February 13 at 10:30 a.m. Get a HUGE DISCOUNT by using the code Margaret21.

What is your legacy? How do you determine it? How do you write it? When should you start? Join Margaret, Alice and Larry for top-notch presentations and Q & A on this. And also check out the other panels, available this conference on the same ticket. Be sure to use my code: margaret21 for a huge discount.

Calling all messengers! It’s time to live your dream and share your truth. We know you have a story to tell. Join 26 talented presenters at the Carolina Book & Writer Conference to ignite that dream.

Receive inspiration along with expert answers to an abundance of questions about writing, publishing, and promoting your story. This year is our fifth annual writer’s conference, and we have so many amazing panelists and two fantastic keynote speakers! For the first time, CBWC will be a two-day event, February 13 and 14, 2021. Join us on Zoom to learn more about marketing and sales secrets, romance writing, young adult and children’s fiction, editing and publishing, sharing your legacy through autobiographies and memoirs, diversity writing, and leveraging your book through film, audio books, and more.

Attendees will have a full year of access to all the videos from the conference, so don’t worry if you miss one of the panels.

See what our gifted experts have to say to help you on your journey of becoming a successful author. Listen to powerful keynote presentations from North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and from Adonal Foyle, former NBA player and author of eight books! Enjoy “office hours” to get to know our panelists and ask questions.

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