Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West

Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West

by William McKeen
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Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West by William McKeen

True tales of writers and pirates, painters and potheads, guitar pickers and drug merchants in America’s southernmost city
For Hemingway and Fitzgerald, there was Paris in the twenties. For others, later, there was Greenwich Village, Big Sur, and Woodstock. But for an even later generation—one defined by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Tom McGuane, and Hunter S. Thompson—there was another moveable feast: KeyWest, Florida.

The small town on the two-by-four-mile island has long been an artistic haven, a wild refuge for people of all persuasions, and the inspirational home for a league of great American writers. Some of the artists went there to be literary he-men. Some went to re-create themselves. Others just went to disappear—and succeeded. No matter what inspired the trip, Key West in the seventies was the right place at the right time, where and when an astonishing collection of artists wove a web of creative inspiration.

Mile Marker Zero tells the story of how these writers and artists found their identities in Key West and maintained their friendships over the decades, despite oceans of booze and boatloads of pot, through serial marriages and sexual escapades, in that dangerous paradise.

Unlike the “Lost Generation” of Paris in the twenties, we have a generation that invented, reinvented, and found itself at the unending cocktail party at the end—and the beginning—of America’s highway.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307592040
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 628,104
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

WILLIAM McKEEN teaches at Boston University, where he chairs the department of journalism. He is the author or editor of nine books, including the acclaimed Hunter S. Thompson biography Outlaw Journalist. He is married and the father of seven children and lives on the rocky coast of Cohasset, Massachusetts.

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Mile Marker Zero 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting history of the Keys. Great stories about celebs and the local "Conchs" alike. The intersecting of lives and how it happens is really quite unbelievable.
cheyenne77 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the early history ( 60's & 70's ) of Key west and the charaters that shaped it. They played hard and worked hard--good combination
kickstan More than 1 year ago
A grand presentation of the literary history of Key West. Using Tom Corcoran as a focal point makes the story real, current and relevant. Caused me to reread Tom McQuane's 92 in the Shade and order The Sporting Club and The Bushwacked Piano. Corcoran and McQuane - great combo with strong ties to the Keys. Well researched and annotated. You will love this book if you love literature and the Florida Keys.
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