By Margaret A. Harrell
"Hunter often said Harrell was the best copy editor he'd ever worked with" (William McKeen, Outlaw Journalist). But what was the rest of the story?
Keep This Quiet captures the fear and loathing, charm and romance of Hunter in the late Sixties - along with tales of two other underground authors. Included are genuine, funny letters he sent Margaret during and after the publication of Hell's Angels. Also, priceless reminiscences of some of Hunter's oldest friends: William Kennedy, David Pierce, Rosalie Sorrels, and editor Jim Silberman - covered in no other account. Featured in addition are "poète maudit" Jan Mensaert and Greenwich Village "poet genius" Milton Klonsky. Also appearing in the book in his own words is Hunter's sidekick Oscar Acosta as well as The Realist founder, Paul Krassner.
"The reader comes to feel an affinity with the trio of writers in their attempts to achieve their iconoclastic visions of success, glimpsing them as individuals beyond their work, seeing how they think. Their genius, for Harrell, consisted in their being wholly themselves. 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 writing to fruition" - Kirkus Indie Reviews.