A Palimpsest of Thanks

—Behind The Hell’s Angels Letters   11, 12, 13 Palimpsest Time with his old face Death with his skull face God with his No Face Under my own face —Milton Klonsky   What did William Blake have to do with The Hell's Angels Letters book? More than you might think. In my mind his artwork was the artbook I didn't work on in 1971 or so. This was the artbook I did. It all went back to that. But let's take the story slowly. 1994. It was an unlikely event ...
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Birthday at the Library

Below and above are photos taken at the Hunter Thompson Birthday event at the Chatham Community Library. The librarian and I are holding up a T-shirt that Hunter bought me at the the Woody Creek Tavern. And here is one of the Gonzo birthday cake. The audience was quite well informed! Wonderfully attentive. Knew the books. Good Q & A. I had a lot of memorabilia on hand - letters, Rolling Stone issues. Good thing nothing melted en route, we are having such a heat wave here. All in al...
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Rory Feehan’s Review

I am still basking in the joy of Rory Feehan's review on his blog Totally Gonzo. When I saw Hunter - the first day we met - at the What's My Line panel show, he was (now that I think of it) probaby the mystery guest. The mystery guest was famous. The others had an occupation the panel had to guess. I liked the show as entertainment, but when it came Hunter's turn and the panel had to guess who the "real" Hunter S. Thompson was, and then he stood up (a scene that is beautiful now on YouTube),...
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Beat Scene interview: Keep This Quiet!

Here is an update about my interview for Beat Scene. It's now finished and will come out in March. The technique of the publisher, Kevin Ring, was to e-mail one question, let me answer back (at length), and then send another question (or two) two weeks later. They were very provocative - in the sense of being probing. Nothing superficial or redundant. And now the piece will come out. I received the news today: "There will  be a two page spread on your book with image of the cover and press detai...
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Gonzo Journalism

Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. Asked to give someone advice on what to do with his life, Hunter replied: "To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal - to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction - is something only a fool would take upon himself." But since an answer was requested: "As I said, to put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we do not strive to be firemen, we d...
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Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan is a best-selling author  of an Oprah book selection and has many awards. He's also a professor at Cornell. The New York Times wrote about Gap Creek: "You begin to feel, as you sometimes do when reading Cormac McCarthy's or Harry Crew's early novels, that the author has been typing with blood on his hands and a good deal of it has rubbed off onto your shirtsleeves." The only time I'm seen him is at a NC Writers Conference several years back, where I chose him to critique a f...
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