“In her butally compassionately explicitly honest second autobiography, KEEP THIS QUIET TOO! More Adventures with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaert, Harrell manages to repeatedly pull the rug out from underneath the reader” – Ron Whitehead, author of Searching for Jack Kerouac: Ron Whitehead’s Greatest Hits
Keep THIS Quiet Too! More Adventures with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaert
Just Out October 24, 2012:
Cover HST image: Alan Becker. Cover design: Gaelyn Larrick
“Harrell takes the reader on a transformative journey. As she opens the door the reader is compelled to walk on through and discover alongside her. What a ride. Hurry up and read this book” – Nick Storm, political reporter cn/2 Louisville KY, owner of Storm Generation Films
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Midwest Book Review:
“Keep THIS Quiet Too!” is a real-life saga of living and learning with eyes and ears open. At times adventurous, at times sensual, “Keep THIS Quiet Too!” hinges upon the complexities of human relationships, especially the challenges posed by the heart-wrenching feelings of love that may or may not be fully requited. Highly recommended.”
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NEW BOOK: Keep This Quiet Too! More Adventures with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaert
Raleigh NC (November 17, 2012) – In Keep This Quiet Too! More Adventures with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaert, author Margaret Harrell (Hunter’s copy editor on his first book, Hell’s Angels) continues her memoir—this time moving from New York to Morocco, to Belgium, to the U.S. and finally to the Jung Institute in Switzerland. Wanting her to work on his next book, Hunter writes her in 1971: “Dear Margaret….Where are you and why? I’ve lost track completely. My last definite word was from a toilet-hole in Algiers.” Hunter, the creator of Gonzo journalism, used imaginative—often outlandish—first-person participation in his news stories to get at the truth. He was famous as the first National Affairs desk correspondent at Rolling Stone.
“Margaret Harrell baited the hook and I bit. Boy did I bite. . . She used titillation, and a masterful way of revealing herself to build engrossment, starting with Keep This Quiet! Any thinking, living person will be locked in from the beginning. Knowledge of the three men is not a must. She oozes sexuality, sensuality and I believe these traits go towards interweaving the three men. I believe it to be spellbinding. A hot sweaty tango of words,” writes Martin Flynn, owner of HST Books.
“Telling the story again, restory-ing and so restoring the lives of four artists. . . . A book with so many dimensions is a gift with many surprises in it,” writes Belgian Chris Van de Velde, philosopher, writer, teacher, and therapeutic coach. . . .
Harrell is the author of Marking Time with Faulkner and eight books in the Love in Transition: Voyage of Ulysses—Letters to Penelope nonfiction series, Harrell is also a freelance editor, gallery-displayed cloud photographer, and in teaching meditation courses mentors people wanting to maximize their potential.
Media copies, interviews, or speaking engagements are available upon request. . . . . Margaret has lived since late 2001 in Raleigh NC.
Reader Comment: “I have so many things to read and write right now that I wasn’t going to look at Keep THIS Quiet Too! at all, afraid that I wouldn’t be able to put it down–but I’ve just spent a half an hour skipping around. . . . (A tangential comment: the sentence about Klonsky’s date’s friend, “a brit,” by some fluke contracting eye cancer from a dog is such a brilliant sentence-as-sentence–step after step after step, none of them going where the reader expects and finally resolving as if it were describing only a simple social moment, ho-hum—that I laughed out loud at its brilliance….a tonal maze that works perfectly, I think. I plan to copy it out and pin it up somewhere.)” – William C. Bamberger, author of Riding Some Kind of Unusual Skull Sleigh
“It starts with a wedding. Margaret Harrell pledges her life and love to poet Jan Mensaert, through all the ups and downs (and further downs) of his tempestuous life. As creative and business opportunities come and go, Margaret maintains her yearly meet-ups with mentor Milton Klonsky and keeps up on the maniacal maneuvering of friend Hunter S. Thompson. These three men will come to define much of the coming decades for Margaret, even as she grows, changes, and emerges anew as her own person. Keep This Quiet Too! is the second half of the bounding, time-jumping narrative of Margaret Harrell and three incredible, difficult men who helped make her who she is. . . . an honest and unflinching examination of the choices we make, both for those we love and for ourselves. The three men in Margaret’s life may have embodied key moments in it, but every decision was hers, and she accepts the consequences with grace. It’s an intriguing glimpse at four lives in one” – San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review
FROM THE FOREWORD:
This book is a masterwork memoir of four writers’ lives—the author’s as well as the title characters’. It is a literary study of the interplay of conscious and unconscious action—the external romantic escapades, and the symbology and synchrony of the dreamlife of the woman who matched wits against three who emerged into prominence.
A Jung Institute alum, Margaret Harrell produces a study of her historic marriage to Belgian poet Jan Mensaert, tempered by two others: Hunter S. Thompson, creator of Gonzo Journalism, and her mentor, New York poet Milton Klonsky. . . .
Assuredly entertaining, assuredly eye-opening, the story bounds along, shockwave after shockwave—integrating real-life dream-life characters in a compelling personal narrative.
For the Hunter Thompson followers, this is your story. For the literary icons, Klonsky and Mensaert, this is also their story. And for the novice to all three, Harrell gives a good ride.
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KEEP THIS QUIET! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert
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FROM THE PRESS RELEASE
In volume one, Keep This Quiet! (2011), Harrell rescued Hunter’s letters to her—both romantic and professional—from the dustbin of history. “Keep This Quiet! offers an illuminating look at Hunter S. Thompson in full throttle trying to make it as a Top Notch prose-stylist. Harrell fills in many important biographical gaps. . . . Read it,” wrote Douglas Brinkley, editor of The Proud Highway and Fear and Loathing in America.
Here is the back cover of Hell’s Angels from 1/1967. Hunter originally campaigned unsuccessfully to have a photo of his naked backside there (gun in hand).
He said in an interview that in publishing Hell’s Angels, he felt like he went through a door just before it closed—that reopened into Vegas
About Keep This Quiet!
From the Web
Outlaw Journalist, Facebook. William McKeen:
“Keep your eyes peeled for this new book by Margaret Harrell, the editor who guided Hunter through Hell’s Angels. Hunter often said she was the best editor he ever worked with and they were close friends. I read the manuscript and I think Hunter’s fans will appreciate this view of the man’s life and work.”
Library Event: Celebrate Hunter’s Birthday July 18
Margaret reads from book and shares mementoes!
Pittsboro, NC – Read about it here.
REVIEWS of Hunter Thompson Book
“Memoir will likely please Hunter S. Thompson fans and appeal to readers with an interest in the beginnings of the post-modern era or the personal sacrifices involved in bringing serious written work to fruition” – Kirkus Indie Reviews
***** ON B & N, September
If you’re a Hunter Thompson fan, you’ll love this book!!!
I’ve read most of the post-Gonzo bios of the good Doctor, but this one is unabashed in it’s revealing some of the behind-the-scenes craziness & creativity that took place while he worked to create some of the best(if not the best) journalistic history of the American scene in the later part of the 20th century. I highly recommend this book to any & all fans of the late (and great)Hunter Thompson.
NEW 2012: Rory Feehan’s review (below):
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.”
Keep This Quiet! is a fascinating memoir in this regard, one that is multi-faceted in terms of Harrell’s own journey of self-discovery, both in a personal and artistic sense and the manner in which this is mirrored by the events of the period, with the tumultuous Sixties marking a nation tragically losing its innocence courtesy of the assassins bullet and the toil of war. Click to cntinue reading on Totally Gonzo.org
Below is the wonderful review, from Marty Flynn, http://hstbooks.org
September 24, 2011
There are folks who enjoy reading Hunter Thompson’s work and are happy to leave it there. Then there are those who want more. More being a need to know as much about Hunter’s process as possible, the nitty-gritty, who helped him? Who influenced him? Call them freaks if that’s your pleasure, Gonzo freaks. I’m one. We … Continue reading»
JUST IN Nov. 27!!
It seems – from the review below – that an audience is defining itself beyond the one defined by me. This additional readership involves artists and others struggling with the intricacies of their relationships. Welcome aboard.
*****The Art of Complicated Relationships, November 27, 2011
By Rachel Escobar, yoga teacher, Parisian-trained cook
Margaret Harrell brilliantly illuminates the sentiments of three complicated relationships. This memoir is a unique exploration of Margaret’s memories, supplemented by letters from her three main characters. The letters allow the reader to become familiar with the men in a way that dialogue cannot. The heart-wrenching ambiguity of what is lost in translation is augmented by this form of conversation. Harrell’s writing is crisp and easy to follow. I found it nearly impossible to put the book down. Her adventurous spirit keeps the reader guessing what she will do next, and how these men will manage to keep up. This rare peek into the lives of three literary legends is seen through the eyes of a legend herself. The enthusiasm she brings to each page in her writing is a clear demonstration of her approach to life. Harrell is just as unforgettable as her characters. She has taught me to always search for artistic beauty, even in the most complicated of situations.
I highly recommend Harrell’s memoir. I wish there was a sixth star option for the rare, exquisite pieces of literature such as, Keep This Quiet!
- The Jim Engster Show on NPR out of Baton Rouge. November 21! If you didn’t listen live, you can check out the podcast here. To access it, click on “Podcasts / The Jim Engster Show / 11/21.”
From “outlaw poet” and exceptional human being Ron Whitehead:
a “masterpiece” (Facebook)
Midwest Book Review:
Hunter S. Thompson is perhaps one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century. Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert is a memoir from Margaret A. Harrell as she discusses her own way with many of the legends of the literary world in the middle of the twentieth century. With a solid dose of humor and another perspective on these writers from a personal friend, Keep This Quiet! is a moving read and much recommended to any literary studies or memoir collection.
Filmmaker Nick Storm (Good Reads):
*****A riveting, soul-baring honest look…
Keep this Quiet is a riveting, soul-baring honest look into Margaret Harrell and the inner workings of one of the world’s greatest writers. It must have taken great courage for Margaret to open herself up to those words and feelings once again. The stories related in the book are honest and pure hearted gold. It makes a fine addition to the Gonzo library.
***** From the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review:
” . . . While the job at Random House did offer her the opportunity to meet a lot of writers and famous people, it is Hunter that became her secret office romance. The two start a correspondence within letters and long distance phone calls that morphs from a concealed passion into a long-term friendship. Keep This Quiet! is a book about a woman’s life and her loves, determination, and discovery.
“Harrell is a great writer, and it’s amazing to see her thought process and inner-workings, as she tells a story. A great deal of the book is personal letters from Hunter to Margaret, with Margaret’s inside emotions written in the theoretical margins. Harrell is an excellent storyteller, in a story that is never about the narrative, but about the real people. Every person in the book is bold and well defined; and I especially liked the notes where Harrell backs up her story with proof. ”
From Portland Book Review (Melissa Boles):
Keep This Quiet! A Memoir: My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan MenSaert
Saeculum University Press, $17.95, 238 pages
Margaret A. Harrell tells her own story through the stories of three artists; men who had written impacts on people they weren’t acquainted with, and likely changed Harrell’s life more than any of them will ever know. Harrell takes the reader through her life from 1965 on, detailing her meetings and interactions with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert along the way.
Most captivating are the various letters from Thompson, Klonsky, and Mensaert to Harrell, who includes everything from short quotes to help describe how and why they react, to large portions of the letters that tell you what was happening to both the author and Harrell at the time. Thompson’s letters are most intriguing, and give the reader insight into the mind of a widely admired artist. Harrell beautifully tells the story of how her relationships with the three men, predominantly Thompson, progressed, sharing intimate moments and keeping the reader turning the page.
See “Keep This Quiet Notes” for Simone Corday’s review
From the Greensboro News-Record:
“Good material abounds in this memoir.”
MORE Reviews and Comments
“Beautiful in its directness and its openness”—Chris Van de Velde, Numenon Counseling Institute Director, Ghent, Belgium
“Readers will be privy to never-before-published letters from Hunter Thompson, deepening insight into the turning point in his career and emergence into gonzo”—Bernie Nelson, The MindQuest Review
“Margaret Harrell from early on had as her goal to live the most meaningful life possible. Three mentor/lovers helped in turn to light her way: Hunter Thompson for his ability to see the world for himself through as few distorting cultural lens as possible; Milton Klonsky for his deep wisdom and nurturing of the intelligence and sensitivity he saw within her; and the man she married, the Belgium poet Jan Mensaert, who sought out extreme experiences, encouraging her to come along and test her own limits”—Virginia Parrott Williams, coauthor of Anger Kills and In Control, President, Williams LifeSkills
“Fascinating and riveting. So there’s a sequel? In progress? What a story!!”—Mary Paul Thomas, Raleigh, NC