In the Mail: Outlaw Journalist

In the mail today -- a copy of William McKeen's new book Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson. It will be available on July 8 but you can order now at Amazon.

I'm especially anxious to read it because in the second section of eight pages of black and white photos of Hunter, is one I took of his wife Anita and son Juan. I've never been credited in a book before with "Photograph by..." and it's pretty exciting. Mr. McKeen contacted me a few years ago and asked for permission to use it. I asked Anita what she thought and she said it was fine.

Now, the book. [More...]

I skimmed the last 100 pages, read the final two chapters and it's impressive. It's scholarly, but a really easy read. Some serious research went into the book and I can't wait to delve into the 40 pages of reference notes and bibliography.

I hope Anita likes it. She's in New York today but she's staying with me this weekend in Denver so I'll get to ask her. I bet I've finished the book by then -- if the final chapters are any indication, it's a page-turner.

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    what lovely people Anita and Juan seem to be (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by kempis on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 07:12:26 PM EST
    Nice picture. Nice vibe. :)

    And the book sounds great. Thanks for the heads up.

    Very cool Jeralyn....you do get around... :) (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by PssttCmere08 on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 07:43:32 PM EST

    and with the best of company! (5.00 / 0) (#5)
    by ruffian on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 07:51:42 PM EST
    Sounds like an interesting book.  I'll add it to my list. And get to read it around next primary season.

    I miss Hunter Thompson (5.00 / 4) (#6)
    by jb64 on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 08:00:30 PM EST
    "fear and Loathing on the campaign trail" is one best books I've ever read about politics, and campaigning. He was brilliant, fearless, ruthless to all in power, an important voice of dissent, a true patriot.

    Absolutely (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 08:17:45 PM EST
    Definitely made a political junkie out of me anyway.  Love that book.

    Yeah. (none / 0) (#10)
    by Eleanor A on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 09:24:02 AM EST
    I've often wondered what Hunter would have said about the primary season...

    Used to be an avid reader of his column for ESPN, which was putatively about sports but really about politics....;)


    Hunter Thompson's story has to be a fascinating (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by DeborahNC on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 10:20:39 PM EST
    read. I've had an interest in his writing and his personal life for quite a while; now, I'll have extra incentive to buy the book. Good picture, Jeralyn. I think his son resembles him.

    What is the gist of the book? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Saul on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 07:21:02 PM EST

    - from Amazon's (none / 0) (#3)
    by ding7777 on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 07:40:09 PM EST
    Product description

    McKeen gets behind the drinking and drugs to show the man and the writer--one who was happy to be considered an outlaw but took the calling of journalism as his life

    You must have been neighbors? (none / 0) (#8)
    by catfish on Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 09:23:18 PM EST