At Fall for the Books, George Mason U, October 11

  Juan Thompson (Stories I Tell Myself) and Tim Denevi (Freak Kingdom) with me (Keep This Quiet! memoir series) were together at George Mason University for the "Fall for the Books" fest October 11. Missing but with us on Skype was Bill McKeen (Outlaw Journalist). The panel went an hour and a half on "Writing about Hunter S. Thompson." What a memorable blast - "on-stage" and off. We had such fun hanging together and also sharing time, talking about our very different writing experien...
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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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The Ghosts of Virginia and Hunter S. Thompson roam the city library’s aisles

Gonzo Fest is THIS WEEKEND. I am excited to be in a literary panel, along with Bill McKeen, Ron Whitehead, Juan Thompson, and Rory Feehan -  moderated  by Michael Lindenberger, a journalist on the editorial board of the Dallas Morning News. It will take place in the Louisville library Saturday the 15th at 4:30. Below - anticipating that event -  is an excerpt of an article by Ron Whitehead in Leo Weekly: Fiction is a bridge to the truth that journalism can’t reach. Facts are lies when the...
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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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Gonzo Fest Photos 2016 – ’18

Gonzo Fest 2018 just finished April 14 in the Louisville Free Public Library. Here are a few photos, compliments of Deborah Brownstein:   In 2017 I was fortunate enough to be Skyped into a GF panel, consisting of hip, learned Ron Whitehead, poet and HST friend; Hunter's son Juan; William McKeen, head of journalism studies at Boston University; myself; and Rory Feehan, Irish author of a brand-new PhD dissertation on "the Hunter Figure." What a group. What a skilled moderator, Michael...
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The Balancing Act of Me

Elizabeth Hein's novel How to Climb the Eiffel Tower kept me up to 3 a.m. the other night. In it a first-hand narrator wittily and with vulnerability describes her successful battle with cancer as a young career woman. I wouldn't have expected to be swept up in the topic, but she has a deft style and kept me reading and turning pages. Elizabeth has honored me by inviting me to contribute a Guest Blog, which you can read here. I took the occasion to write about relationships in the context of the...
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The Joyful Jewel – 3:20 – Sunday, November 8

SOUL SPEAK PRACTITIONERS Come out to the Joyful Jewel at the town square in Pittsborn, NC, November 8. The array of people below will be on hand with 20-minute free presentations. Note: My presentation on  "Awakening Your Light Body" is at 3:20 Special feature: Lots of free things. I will be giving CDs away that contain free Orin-Sanaya Roman journeys, such as "Making Wheels of Love." I will also be giving away free 1-hour introductory sessions in "Awakening Your Light Body." You sign u...
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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 Reading" at the end. First Marty introduces my text: Margaret Harrell first met Hunter when she was working on copy editing his first published book Hell’s Angels. They maintained a friendship for years after. She is an accomplished author herself, In-particularly of the Keep This Quiet series where Hunter gets a significant mention. For any ...
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About the Series

The series title comes from the envelope above, which Hunter sent me (his copy editor for Hell's Angels) upon learning what I looked like. And how young I was. Keep This Quiet! comes replete with letters and other materials from Hunter - not available elsewhere - about the Hell's Angels period. It also  corrects some widely touted anecdotes. I was not only Hunter's copyeditor/Assistant Editor on Hell's Angels but also a friend. What is KTQ! about??? Kirkus Reviews says Harrell’s memoir ...
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