Category Archives: Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey: A Short History, Part V, Conclusion

(Photo: Novelist Ken Kesey at right with unidentified man). In spite of Kesey’s notoriety and reputation as a novelist of stature, the authorities viewed him as a menace to society. In April 1965, San Mateo County sheriff’s officials, a police … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey: A Short History, Part IV

(Photo: Novelist Ken Kesey with what looks like the redwoods behind him). Several round-trip adventures from La Honda to New York followed and the remarkable school bus was immediately recognized in cities and towns across the nation. On one trip, … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey: A Short History, Part III

“One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest” Author bought a 1939 International Harvester school bus, already equipped with bunk beds, benches and a refrigerator. It was christened with a new destination sign that read, “FURTHER.” At the wheel of the bus … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey: A Short History, Part II

Embraced by literary critics, “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was viewed as a microcosm of the wider world–where power is often abused–and the individual is suppressed for the sake of conformity. “Cukoo’s Nest” soon became a Broadway play and … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey: A Short History, Part I

(Photo: Novelist Ken Kesey) Counterculture hero Ken Kesey went all out researching his first and highly acclaimed novel, “One Flew Over The Cukoo’s Nest.” Published in 1962, “Cukoo’s Nest” earned favorable reviews for its bitingly satiric look at a mental … Continue reading

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Ken Kesey's Long Lasting Effect

I still vividly remember getting my copy of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”. I was a kid living with my parents in San Francisco’s Sunset District. Back then I did all of my reading at the library. But I … Continue reading

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Me & Ken Kesey

“The man” himself, Ken Kesey I never knew Ken Kesey personally but one of the first books my father gave me was “One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest” “Cukoo’s Nest” made such a deep impression on me, and when I … Continue reading

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