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Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert
Totally Gonzo Blog 2012/03
In the ever expanding list of biographies and memoirs about Hunter S. Thompson
, this latest offering, Keep This Quiet! by Margaret A. Harrell, is quite simply a breath of fresh air. This is by no means intended as a slight against previous publications, the majority of which are solid and have contributed much to our understanding of Hunter S. Thompson—the man and the myth. However, what sets Keep This Quiet! apart is the extent to which Harrell explores the question of identity and myth, in her quest to simultaneously answer questions concerning her own character and that of one Hunter S. Thompson. As Harrell writes early on—’Who was he? There was no indication how complicated that answer was.”
Beat Scene – British (print) magazine – 2-pg spread with interview
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Latest review, in Beat Scene print magazine (UK)
Following on from the whirlwind that was volume one, Margaret Harrell returns with more adventures involving three particular men in her life, Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaert and Hunter S. Thompson. She was a top editor in her time – she worked on Thompson’s Hell’s Angels – and this provided the door through which she stepped into the lives of this trio. Or should that be the other way around? . . . It is chaotic, shambolic, impulsive, complete and utter madness at times here. Klonsky is the steadiest, a kind of mentor-father figure to Harrell. Mensaert is mercurial, frustrating and often suicidal and then she marries him. Thompson, perhaps the one writer with the biggest profile in American letters, is, well, Hunter S. Thompson as only he was. Mad as a box of mad things, living in the moment, furiously living and she is drawn to his flame. A passionately written memoir that doesn’t sit around being fit and proper and straight laced. . . . As a key to the lives of these three writers it is idiosyncratic and in an age where blandness is the norm it is a pleasure to go on her journey and find out a little about what makes these men tick and what drove her to them.
GUIDEBOOK TO THE LOVE IN TRANSITION SERIES
Toward a Philosophy of Perception:
The Magnitude of Human Potential – Cloud Optics
Lavishly illustrated with 33 color cloud photographs, this coffeetable-sized book introduces the Love in Transition series, published originally in Romania, to the United States. Midwest Book Review calls it “an enthusiastically recommended reading experience,” Kirkus Discoveries identifies “the premise that all human beings, through our individual life experiences, have the potential to make an impact on the collective consciousness of humanity.” It recommends the “nuggets of brilliant insight into life, death and the collective human consciousness”; and the Mindquest Review publisher notes that “Margaret Harrell has produced one of the most perceptive works available for our time.
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Review by Bernie P. Nelson
Publisher of the Mindquest Review
Serious about improving perception and achieving a greater awareness of self-potential? An amazing book is now available offering a restraint- and limitation-breaking transcendental experience. Toward a Philosophy of Perception is totally professional, serving lighting bolts of galvanizing insight for higher conscious awareness – an in-depth, fresh, interactive approach and route is artfully and understandably provided with photos, poetry, and scientific fact.
THE LOVE IN TRANSITION SERIES:
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Love in Transition Series, Books I-IV
Vol. I: Voyage of Ulysses: Letters to Penelope “I only wish that I could read it with a small class as I repeatedly did with James Joyce’s Ulysses” – Harold Parker, Professor Emeritus of History, Duke University
This is a Book of Hope, of very bright and luminous hope about what can be expected—not only for a single human being in a special situation, but for a great many men and women, maybe for the whole humankind in future. . . . really an exceptional effort . . . in human consciousness – Mircea Ivanescu, poet/translator, Winner of the Omnia Opera (Life Achievement) Award, Romania
Love in Transition: Voyage of Ulysses – Letters to Penelope
THE SPACE ENCOUNTERS SERIES
Space Encounters: Chunking Down the 21st Century
Marking Time with Faulkner
Literary criticism – Limited Edition
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