Over the course of his strange and varied career, Harold L. "Doc" Humes was many things: novelist, editor, proto-beatnik, jazzbo, pothead, filmmaker, manic depressive, mid-century Don Quixote, crackpot, genius. Timothy Leary claimed Humes was "an important invisible force" while George Plimpton called the loquacious Doc a "talking machine." Humes was also a father, and daughter Immy Humes has crafted a guardedly affectionate portrait of this nearly forgotten countercultural figure who's ripe for rediscovery. (Coincidentally, Hulmes two celebrated novels, The Underground City
and Men Die
, have recently been republished after years of obscurity).