Keep This Quiet Too! More Adventures with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaertby Margaret A. Harrell, Hunter S. Thompson (Illustrator), Alan Becker (Photographer)
"Keep THIS Quiet Too!" is “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 age where blandness is the norm, it is a pleasure to go on her journey and find out a little about what made these men tick and what drove her to
"Keep THIS Quiet Too!" is “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 age where blandness is the norm, it is a pleasure to go on her journey and find out a little about what made these men tick and what drove her to them”—Eric Jacobs, "Beat Scene" (UK). "Keep THIS Quiet Too!" takes place in Morocco, Belgium, Switzerland, and the United States as Margaret pits wits with--and learns from--Gonzo creator, Hunter S. Thompson, New York City poet-genius Milton Klonsky, and her eventual husband, Belgian poet Jan Mensaert. At one point, trying desperately to find her, Hunter writes, "Dear Margaret, Where are you and why? I've lost track completely. My last definite word was from a toilet-hole in Algiers." Hunter wants her to work on his next manuscript. This is 1971. Moving from the 1970s (Belgium/Morocco) to 1986 (Switzerland), she has a life-changing spiritual experience at the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich. The book ends up fittingly at Owl Farm. Where else could the last two chapter take place? There, Hunter is in fine form, trying to take the romance to the next level. Actually, they both are intent on it.
"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, frustruating, 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 for 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 threewriters 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 made these men tick and what drove her to them." - Eric Jacobs, Beat Scene print magazine # 70, England
"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." - Midwest Book Review
"An honest and unflinching examination of the choices we make" - San Francisco Book Review
"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. A 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. The bottom line is this. Not many books fulfill my reading needs. By this I mean covering a range of emotion. 'Keep This Quiet Too!' did it for me. I loved it - Martin Flynn, owner of www.hstbooks.org
"A book with so many dimensions is a gift with many surprises in it" - Chris Van de Velde, therapeutic coach, Belgium
What People are Saying About This
—Chris Van de Velde (philosopher, writer, teacher, and therapeutic coach)
—Martin Flynn (owner of hstbooks.org)
—ALICE OSBORNE (author of After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects)
—FRANK DESPRIET (author of Communication Psychology: From Reptile to Robot)
—RUSSELL D. PARK (licensed clinical psychologist, coauthor of The Power of Humility)
—BERNIE P. NELSON (publisher of The Mindquest Review)
Meet the Author
Margaret Harrell is the author of "Keep This Quiet!" and eight books in the "Love in Transition: Voyage of Ulysses-Letters to Penelope" nonfiction series, including "Toward a Philosophy of Perception." Also, "Marking Time with Faulkner." She copy edited Hunter Thompson's first book, "Hell's Angels." HST acknowledged her in "Gonzo Letters" 2. in 2011, "Keep This Quiet!" was published to highly receptive reviews. She is also an editor, cloud photographer, and light-body teacher, mentoring people who want to maximize their potential.
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In Keep this quiet Too! Harrell takes readers on a transformative journey. 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.
"For the Hunter Thomspon 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." (from the foreword) This book is part two of a serialized memoir that promises more to follow! An exciting read that never ceases to startle with new developments, curious or shocking, and a new depth which leads this volume beyond the initial story set-up in the first volume. If you haven't read the first "Keep This Quiet," you are all the more in for a treat, without having to wait for the second volume! You will definitely want to buy them both! And, as I am, anxiously await another!
Bravely told and hauntingly wise, Margaret Harrell’s KEEP THIS QUIET! books read like a Sally Rand fan dance at the top of her form. Harrell entices with promised details of her relationships with Milton Klonsky, Hunter Thompson, and Jan Mensaert, then draws readers closer with wit and wonderful honesty about how these men influence her life. The tales and their telling reveal—through glimpses—the shape and size of Ms. Harrell's heart. Every peek and flash, flourish and strut, accumulates into a grand, detailed picture of who Margaret Harrell was then and who she is now.
Well written. Easy to follow. Pleasure to read, though Very Heavy at times, the continuing adventures of a life in development, Harrell's mini-biography, basically, this, book 2 of 3, we find out even more about Jan, her husband, Milton Klonsky, and Hunter Thompson, two "possibles" on the road of life. Hear tell there's a 'book 3', INITIATIONS, which is hinted at here. A great read for learning about a life, learning about all 4 of these interesting people. Very helpful in my own life trip. Get It, NOW!!