Book Review: William McKeen’s “Mile Marker Zero”

October 10, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

In The Wall Street Journal, Wayne Curtis reviews William McKeen’s attempt to set the record straight on Key West in the 1970s.  Key West has been “strip-malled” by the success of its famous residents, he says; when Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” became popular, not even the former street singer wanted to return there.  The book tells the fascinating story of the characters who partied their way through the seventies in and around Old Town: ” Jimmy Buffett, the novelist Thomas McGuane, the actresses Elizabeth Ashley and Margot Kidder, Peter Fonda, Hunter S. Thompson. The book features numerous intriguing cameos, including Truman Capote, Jack Nicholson, the country singer Jerry Jeff Walker, novelist Jim Harrison and a local sheriff actually named Bum Farto.”

Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West on Amazon.