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"The answer is never the answer. What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer,
you'll always be seeking . . . The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer."
— Ken Kesey (1994)

BIO here

official Ken Kesey website
Ken Kesey entry at Wikipedia

"One  Flew  Over  The  Cuckoo's  Nest" [1962 novel]
Cuckoo's Nest book  R.P. McMurphy tries to avoid jail time by feigning madness, leading to a tragic yet life-affirming end; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
Kindle Edition from Viking/Penguin [1/2012] for $5.74
NAL mass pb [7/89] for $6.04
Viking 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/2002] out of print/70+ used
Penguin Audio read by Ken Kesey [12/93] out of prodn/used
Blackstone UNABR audio CD [4/2000] for $48.25
book entry at Wikipedia
Cuckoo's Nest movie poster  
Cuckoo's Nest video  
color feature film [United Artists Nov 1975] directed by Milos Forman
The first movie in 40 years to win all five top Oscars; considered Nicholson's best all-time performance. Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif, Will Sampson, Scatman Crothers, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Sydney Lassick & Vincent Schiavelli; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Script/Adaptation, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor (JN), nominated for Best Actor (BD), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score; won DGA, WGA & 6 BAFTA awards; listed on National Film Registry (1993)
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [7/2008] for $22.48
Warner Home Video widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2009] out of prodn/used
Warner Special Edition widescreen color DVD [9/2002] 2 disks for $17.67
Warner widescreen color DVD [12/97] for $7.95
Warner color VHS [3/2001] for $5.93
Fantasy soundtrack CD [10/93] for $11.08
11"x17" white poster from Amazon for $9.98
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest: A Play In Two Acts" [1963] by Dale Wasserman
Broadway stageplay credits [1963 & 2001] on IBDbstageplay entry at Wikipedia
Samuel French pb [6/70] for $10.89

"Sometimes A Great Notion"
[Universal 1971]
Sometimes A Great Notion video  Co-produced & directed by and starring Paul Newman;
also starring Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin
& Richard Jaeckel
Universal Vault Series widescreen color DVD-R [1/2011] for $17.99
Universal color VHS [2/2000] for $34.95
full credits from IMDb
Sometimes A Great Notion book  novel by Ken Kesey [1964]
Penguin pb [6/88] for $10.88

"Kesey's Garage Sale" [Viking 1972]

"Northwest Review Book" [orig 1977, reissued 2001]

"Demon Box" [Penguin 1986]

"Caverns" [Penguin 1990]

The Further Inquiry screenplay by by Ken Kesey  "The Further Inquiry: A Screenplay" [Viking 1990]
by Ken Kesey, with photographs by Ron Bevirt

The Merry Pranksters are on trial, and Neal Cassady rants in their defense.
Viking pb [10/90] out of print/used
Viking 9½x7¾ reviewer hardcover [10/90] out of print/used

"Sailor Song" [Viking/Penguin 1992]

"Last Go Round" with Ken Babbs [Viking 1994]

"Twister: A Play" [Viking 1999]

'Further': The Magic Bus
Merry Prankster History Project
'CyberBuss' website
Merry Pranksters fansite

Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test   "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" [1967]
by Tom Wolfe

BDD 8½x5½ pb [10/99] for $10.47
Farrar Straus Giroux hardcover [1967] out of print/used
BooksOnTape audio [1/92] out of stock/used
NOTE 2008: A movie version of the book is announced, with Searchlight Pictures and director Gus Van Sant attached (latest info at IMDb)

On the Bus   "On The Bus: The Legendary Trip of Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters"
[1989] by Ken Babbs & others

Thunder's Mouth Press 9½x8½ pb [2/97] out of print/used
Thunder's Mouth Press pb [12/89] out of print/used
The Further Inquiry screenplay by by Ken Kesey   "The Further Inquiry: A Screenplay" [Viking 1990]
by Ken Kesey, with photographs by Ron Bevirt

The Merry Pranksters are on trial, and Neal Cassady rants in their defense.
Viking pb [10/90] out of print/used
Viking 9½x7¾ reviewer hardcover [10/90] out of print/used

Majic Bus  "The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey" [1993] by Douglas Brinkley
A college professor takes a busload of students on an experimental class thru thirty states, visiting a Bob Dylan concert in Seattle, a Las Vegas casino, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Elvis Presley’s Graceland, William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, Harry Truman’s Independence [Missouri], and Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota badlands – with unplanned experiences including a California earthquake, and meetings with Wm. S. Burroughs and Ken Kesey, who took them for a spin in his own psychedelic bus, Further.
Thunder's Mouth Press 9x6 pb [4/2003] for $11.53
Harcourt 9¾x7½ hardcover [3/93] out of print/many, many used

"Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search For A Kool Place"
[A&E / Magnolia Aug 2011]
Magic Trip / Kool Place road movie docu   Described as 'archival cinema verité', a documentary film made from Ken Kesey & Neal Cassady's mostly-silent footage of their 1964 road trips (and acid trips) in The Magic Bus 'Further', with Sixties-era commentary. Co-written & directed by Alex Gibney & Alison Ellwood; featuzing Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Wavy Gravy, The Grateful Dead Band {then The Warlocks}, and the Merry Pranksters
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

Works About Ken Kesey

Rubber Tramps docufilm directed by Max Koetter  "Rubber Tramps: A Documentary About Life On The Road" [indep 2002]
A late-life interview of Ken Kesey is the frame for interviews with 'tramps' in America
living life On The Road in their campers and cars.
Directed by Max Koetter
Just Passing Through Prodns color DVD [6/2005] for $17.95
full credits at IMDb
Go Further biodiesel docufilm with Woody Harrelson & Ken Kesey   "Go Further" [indep Nov 2004]
Actor Woody Harrelson & friends take a ride in a biodiesel-powered bus down the Pacific Coast from Seattle to Santa Barbara, meeting with locals to promote alternative fuels and meeting with cultural icon author Ken Kesey at his ranch in Northern California. Co-produced & directed by Ron Mann; written by Solomon Vesta; featuring Woody Harrelson & Ken Kesey
Homevision widescreen color DVD [5/2005] for $16.99
full credits at IMDb


official Ken Kesey website
Ken Kesey catalog at
Ken Kesey credits at Internet Movie Database
Ken Kesey entry at Wikipedia
Ken Kesey bibliography at LitKicks
Intrepid Trips
Ken Kesey page at University of Virginia
CP's Ken Kesey fansite
Australia & Britain Tours Ken Kesey fansite

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