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Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West

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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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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307592040
Subtitle:
The Moveable Feast of Key West
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
McKeen, William
Publication Date:
20111004
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

Related Subjects

» Biography » Composers and Musicians
» Biography » Literary
» History and Social Science » Americana » General
» History and Social Science » Sociology » General
» History and Social Science » World History » General

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