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Spit in the Ocean #7: All About Ken Kesey

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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 cont ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Penguin Books
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Ken Kesey is my hero. Spit in the Ocean #7 was put together by some of Kesey's closest friends and colleagues after his death in 2001. This book is a wonderful tribute to an incredible man and author. Filled with poems, stories, memories, and some Kesey originals, Spit in the Ocean is a great and enlightening read.

"I've thought of everything, know what I mean?" -Ken Kesey, circa 1966
Brendan Diamond
This is a wonderful capstone to the career of one of the seminal writers of the 20th Century (full disclosure: my Masters thesis was on Kesey and his Band of Merry Pranksters). As a literary mag, a continuation of Kesey's own Spit in the Ocean series, it's not really earth-shattering, and some of the pieces (particularly the several by Ken Babbs and a few of the poems) make for better "literary" literature than others. However, what really comes through in those others is just how beloved this m ...more
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It's nice short stories composed by different people that knew Kesesy. Some are really passionate and others are funny. I want this book back, ALEX!
this was an excellent chance to look at one of my favorite figures through the eyes of his friends.
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Nice to hear a slew of perspectives on the Kesey and his endeavors.
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Edward Poage McClanahan was born in Brooksville, Kentucky in 1932 to Edward Leroy and Jesse (Poage) McClanahan. He attended school there and later in nearby Maysville, Kentucky where the family relocated in 1948. McClanahan graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in English in 1955 and from the University of Kentucky in 1958 with a M.A. in English. McClanahan taught English at Oregon State Uni ...more
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