In 1967, the author of ”One Flew Over the Cuckoo”’s Nest began serving a six-month sentence for marijuana possession. How ironic that the merry prankster who helped usher in the LSD-fueled Summer of Love spent that summer behind bars. But Kesey was anything but idle in lockdown. And now his prison diaries, profiles of fellow inmates, and psychedelic cut-and-paste collages are finally on view. During his hitch, Kesey sounds as quixotic as his ”Cuckoo”’s Nest alter ego R.P. McMurphy, writing to his wife: ”It’s a drag in here but I’ll survive, maybe even prosper.” Prosper’s an understatement. The rap on Kesey, who died in 2001, was that he never published enough to be considered a Great American Writer. This gorgeous, haunting book should help send his case to the appellate court.
Kesey's Jail Journal In 1967, the author of ''One Flew Over the Cuckoo'''s Nest began serving a six-month sentence for marijuana possession. How ironic that the merry...Kesey's Jail JournalNonfictionKen Kesey In 1967, the author of ''One Flew Over the Cuckoo'''s Nest began serving a six-month sentence for marijuana possession. How ironic that the merry...2003-11-21
Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Ken Kesey
Posted November 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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