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Ken Kesey (1935-2001) is the author of several works of well-known fiction and other hard-to-classify material. His debut novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was a critical and commercial sensation that was followed soon after by his most substantial and ambitious book, Sometimes a Great Notion. His other books, including Demon Box, Sailor Song, and two children's books, appeared amidst a life of astounding influence. He is maybe best known for his role as the charismatic and proto-hippie leader of the West Coast LSD movement that sparked "The Sixties," as iconically recounted in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

In the introduction to "An Impolite Interview with Ken Kesey," Paul Krassner writes, "For a man who says he doesn't like to do interviews, Kesey certainly does a lot of them." What's most surprising about this statement is not the incongruity between disliking and doing interviews but the idea that Kesey could possibly have been less than enthusiastic about being the center of attention. After his two great triumphs, writing played a lesser role in Kesey's life, but in thoughtful interviews he sometimes regrets the books that were sacrificed for the sake of his other pursuits. Interviews trace his arc through success, fame, prison, farming, and tragedy--the death of his son in a car accident profoundly altered his life. These conversations make clear Kesey's central place in American culture and offer his enduring lesson that the freedom exists to create lives as wildly as can be imagined.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Other Works, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xi-2
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  1. Ken Kesey’s First “Trip”
  2. Menlo Park Veterans Hospital
  3. pp. 3-14
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  1. What the Hell You Looking in Here for, Daisy Mae?
  2. Gordon Lish
  3. pp. 15-28
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  1. Ken Kesey at N.D.E.A.
  2. pp. 29-38
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  1. The Evening Standard Interview: Ken Kesey
  2. Ray Connolly
  3. pp. 39-42
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  1. Once a Great Notion
  2. Ann Arbor Argus
  3. pp. 43-52
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  1. An Impolite Interview
  2. Paul Krassner
  3. pp. 53-77
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  1. Ken Kesey Summing Up the ’60s, Sizing Up the ’70s
  2. Linda Gaboriau
  3. pp. 78-95
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  1. Ken Kesey: The Prince of Pranksters
  2. Rick Saunders, Bob Nesbitt, and Vaughn Binzer
  3. pp. 96-100
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  1. Getting Better
  2. John Nance, Paul Pintarich, and Sharon Wood
  3. pp. 101-109
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  1. The Fresh Air Interview: Ken Kesey
  2. Terry Gross
  3. pp. 110-115
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  1. Collaboration in the Writing Classroom: An Interview with Ken Kesey
  2. Carolyn Knox-Quinn
  3. pp. 116-125
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  1. Comes Spake the Cuckoo
  2. Todd Brendan Fahey
  3. pp. 126-134
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  1. Ken Kesey: Writing Is an Act of Performance
  2. Dan McCue
  3. pp. 135-142
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  1. An Interview with Ken Kesey
  2. Matthew Rick and Mary Jane Fenex
  3. pp. 143-146
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  1. Ken Kesey: The Art of Fiction No. 136
  2. Robert Faggen
  3. pp. 147-169
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  1. Ken Kesey: Still on the Bus
  2. Robert K. Elder
  3. pp. 170-175
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  1. Ken Kesey’s Last Interview
  2. Mike Finoia
  3. pp. 176-190
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-194
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781626740167
Related ISBN
9781617039706
MARC Record
OCLC
861073074
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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