William McKeen


THIS JUST IN: Editions Tristram in Paris has just published a mass-market paperback of Outlaw Journalist. It’s in French (the nerve of those people!), so can someone let me know if it’s a good translation? If you can read French, here is a French article that references my book. ::::: The Cozumel Diary is out and it is beautiful. Check Al Satterwhite’s Web site. My afterword for the book is available here. ::::: This fall, I’m teaching Introduction to Journalism and Graduate Symposium. Watch this space for details. ::::: For a good time, check out PunditFact. I was lucky to attend a brainstorm session that was part of the startup.  :::::  Homegrown in Florida recently got a shoutout in Slate. ::::: Here’s a story about an appearance at the Celebration of Authors at Boston University. ::::: Fun reading at the moment: The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee Jr., Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery, (here’s my review) and mystery novels by Jo Nesbo. ::::: Latest online video obsessions: Bosch, with Titus Welliver, Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and Prime Suspect with the ravishing Helen Mirren. :::::  I rarely shut up. Here I am talking to CNN Money and to writer/musician Travis Atria. (You should get his new album with Morningbell, Boa Noite.   :::::   WM

    I wrote the afterword and Craig Vetter, who did the 1974 Playboy interview has a foreword. There are also a lot of outtakes for the interview. Plus, the thing is beautifully packaged.

    See Al’s website for more details.

Wolfe film available on demand

Tom Wolfe’s latest novel, Back
to Blood
, is set in Miami and

deals with immigration, among

other issues. Here’s my Boston
Globe review.
    My old friend Oscar

Corral, a former reporter for the

Miami Herald, turned filmmaker

to follow Wolfe as he researched
and wrote his novel.
    Oscar interviewed me on a
couple of occasions and his film
affords us a rare opportunity to look inside the creative process. The film is a real weenie roast.
     Click on the picture above to see the trailer for Tom Wolfe Gets Back to Blood. The film is available for online on-demand viewing through Amazon. Fire up ther Roku, America! Details on the film’s website.

    Because I’m in the film, I now have a listing on the Internet Movie Database, which is, of course, the high point of my life. I’m contemplating getting prescription shades.


This self portrait of Hunter S. Thompson from 1965 appeared on the cover of the Spring 2012 issue of Literary Journalism Studies, published by Northwestern University.  The cover photograph is from 1965, and was contributed by Margaret Harrell, Thompson’s editor on Hell’s Angels and the author of the memoir Keep This Quiet. I was asked to be the guest editor for this special issue devoted to the 40th anniversary of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The issue contains some excellent writing about that brilliant, revolutionary work. Click on the cover to download the issue.

The sound of the golden esophagus

I remember a disk jockey in Dallas, when I was a kid, who would address his listeners as “all of you out there in the sound of my golden esophagus.” I thought it was funny, even if not anatomically accurate.

    But I thought I’d pinch that reference to talk about my audio adventures.   

    For years, I used to take monthly 30-hour crazed madman drives from Florida to Indiana to see my older children for long weekends. If not for Recorded Books, I would have dozed off and died in a horrible automobile accident.
   Instead, I was alert, because I was listening to those recordings of literary classics and mystery novels, a mix I enjoyed for the 15 hours up and the 15 hours back.

    So it was great to work with those fine people.

    Outlaw Journalist is available, unabridged, from Recorded Books. Order it here. (I wanted to record it and even offered to waive the talent fee. Alas, the producer told me it would take approximately 48 hours and since I’d just started at Boston University, it didn’t seem like a good idea to stay away from work that long.)

    For the Modern Scholar Series created by Recorded Books, I did two courses, which you can order:

  1. Stranger Than Fiction is about the literary journalism explosion, featuring Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Terry Southern and many others. Order it here.

  2. Rock’n’Roll and American Society, Part 1, which covers rock from the beginning until 1960. Order it here.

    Alas, Recorded Books has folded the Modern Scholar Series, so we will not be recording Parts 2 and 3 of the rock’n’roll series. A bummer, that. I will miss working with the people at Modern Scholar and wish them luck as they continue their careers. I’ve also heard from a number of people, out there on the highways of this fine country, who have enjoyed listening.

    Sorry to leave you hanging.

Smokin’ OP’s

Again I must explain a reference. 

Smokin’ OP’s was the title of a Bob Seger album years ago. He’d recorded cover versions of songs he admired -- hence the OP’s (other people’s). 

Here are some things I wrote in other people’s books. (I do not, of course, condone smoking.)

I wrote the essay on Led Zeppelin III in Jon Bream’s book Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin. 
It’s a terrific book. 
Jon is the wrangler in charge 
of the Bob Dylan project above.  
Order the Zeppelin book here.
I was also asked to write the introduction for Jeff Klinkenberg’s Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators. I think Klinkenberg has the best job in American journalism: He just drives around Florida, writing about all of 
the weirdness he finds. 
Order it here. 
You can read my introduction here.
I interviewed David Lawrence, Jr. for Orange Journalism, edited by Julian Pleasants. 
I helped wrangle a couple of other 
interviews in the book as well. 
Order it here.http://www.amazon.com/Whole-Lotta-Led-Zeppelin-Illustrated/dp/0760339554/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307976961&sr=1-1http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_33?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=pilgrim+in+the+land+of+alligators&x=0&y=0&sprefix=pilgrim+in+the+land+of+alligatorsNews_files/Pilgrim%20Introduction.pdfhttp://www.amazon.com/Orange-Journalism-Floridas-Newspapers-Florida/dp/0813026539/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324321272&sr=1-1News_files/Pilgrim%20Introduction_1.pdfshapeimage_5_link_0shapeimage_5_link_1shapeimage_5_link_2shapeimage_5_link_3



Talkin’ Bob Dylan Massacre Disaster Blues

I’m happy to report that I’ve been

invited to take part in an exciting

new book project from Voyageur


    I’ll be one of the contributors

to a book about His Grand Exalted

Mystic Bobness -- that’s Mister

Dylan to you, buddy.

   Music writer Jon Bream has put

together a crew of us and will

divide us up to talk about every

Bob Dylan album ever released.

  I got to pick my 10 favorites and

my five least favorites (the ones

I don’t want to talk about). I had

trouble coming up with the

bottom five -- no surprise there.

    I will keep you posted. Watch this