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Between 1974 and 1981 Ken Kesey self-published six issues of a literary magazine called Spit in the Ocean
. After the revolutionary novelist's death in the fall of 2001, one of his closest friends, acclaimed writer Ed McClanahan, decided to carry out Kesey's vision and put together a final issue of Spit
as a tribute to Kesey's genius and imperturbable spirit. Featuring contributions from cultural luminaries-including Robert Stone, Paul Krassner, Wendell Berry, Bill Walton, and Grateful Dead lyricists Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow-as well as "regular folk," and several pieces by Kesey himself, Spit in the Ocean #7
is a loving and fitting homage to the gigantic and unique spirit of the merriest of the Merry Pranksters.
Between 1974 and 1981 Ken Kesey self-published six issues of a literary magazine called "Spit in the Ocean." After his death, acclaimed writer McClanahan, decided to carry out Kesey's vision and put together a final issue of as a tribute to Kesey's genius.
About the Author
Ed McClanahan is an author and professor of writing whose best-known books include Famous People I Have Known and the novels The Natural Man and Congress of Wonders.
Table of Contents
Spit in the Ocean Wavy Gravy - Haiku for Kesey
Gus Van Sant - Shazam! (Foreword)
Ed McClanahan - R.I.P., Spit in the Ocean, 1973-2003 (Introduction)
Michael Strelow - All That Hoo-Ha
Ken Kesey - A Letter to Jim Wolpman
Paul Krassner - Kesey's Last Prank
Patrice Mackey - It's the Kids
Douglas Brinkley - Majic Bus Meets Further II
Walt Curtis - The Way It Is
Lewis Nordan, from an Interview with Jeremy L. C. Jones - "Here Came a White Cadillac!"
Ken Kesey - Karma (and Other Sermons)
George Walker - Bus Story #1: Definitely the Bus
Bill Walton - The Point Man
Ken Babbs - The Diverticulum
Paul Zarzyski - Two Poems
Lee Quarnstrom - A State of Grace
Ken Kesey - Departures: Three Heavies Take Their Leave
Wendell Berry - Kentucky River Junction: A Letter and a Poem
Chloe Scott - Bus Story #2: NO Furthur
Hunter S. Thompson - Walking with the King
Glen Love - The Words on the Page
Ken Babbs - The Tooth
Pat Monaghan - The Character: McMurphy Goes to High School... and Gets an A
Ken Kesey, from an Interview with Mike Finoia - "Wrong Way! Go Back!"
Happy (with a little help from Genie Murphy) - I Am Kesey's Dog
Larry McMurtry - Bus Story #3: Stark Gets Off the Bus
Ken Babbs - The Cuff Links
Vic Lovell - Elegy for Ken
Sterling Lord - Last Rites
Tom Wolfe - "In the Pudding"
Anonymous, from an Interview with Rick Dodgson - Bus Story #4: "Can I Go with You?" Anonymous Gets on a Bus
John Daniel - The Prankster Moves On
Ken Kesey - Earthshoes
John Perry Barlow - Eulogy for Ken
James Baker Hall - Ken
Rosalie Sorrels - Last Go Round: A Song for Ken Kesey
Eileen Babbs - The White Tent
Jim Dodge - A Ceremony of Consolation
Ken Kesey and Gurney Norman - A Correspondence
Candace Lambrecht - Bus Story #5: Further Goes to Sea
Ed McClanahan - The Day the Lampshades Breathed
Kathryn Lawder - "Now THAT'S Ken Kesey!"
Robert Stone - The Boys Octet
David Stanford - Working with Kesey
Ken Babbs - Hornswoggled
Ken Kesey - Getting Better: A Radio Interview Conducted by Sharon Wood, with John Nance and Paul Pintarich
John Nance - An Unheard Melody (Photo Essay)
Robert Hunter - Lament for Kesey
Brer Kesey's Words to the Wise