Spit in the Ocean #7: All About Kesey

Editor: Ed McClanahan

Introduction : Gus Sant

Publication date: 2003

Penguin Books

From the rear cover:

"Between 1974 and 1981 Ken Kesey self-published six issues of a literary magazine called Spit In The Ocean. After Kesey's death in 2001, several of his close friends chose one of their number, Ed McClanahan, to put together a final issue of Spit In The Ocean as a tribute to Kesey's genius, his vast energy, his generous humanity, and his imperturbable spirit. Gathered here are contributions from cultural luminaries - Paul Krassner, Wendell Berry, Bill Walton, Wavy Gravy, Ken Babbs, Rosalie Sorrels, Douglas Brinkley, Gurney Norman, Grateful Dead lyricists Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow - as well as many vintage Merry Pranksters and regular folks whose lives Kesey touched and influenced, and a dazzling array of previously unpublished pieces by Kesey himself. Spit in the Ocean #7 is a fitting homage - a loving, many-faceted mosaic portrait of one of the most compelling forces in modern American culture."
The contents are:
  • Haiku for Kesey - Wavy Gravy
  • Shazam! (Foreword) - Gus Van Sant
  • R.I.P., Spit in the Ocean, 1973-2003 (Introduction) - Ed McClanahan
  • All That Hoo-Ha - Michael Strelow
  • A Letter to Jim Wolpman - Ken Kesey
  • Kesey's Last Prank - Paul Krassner
  • It's the Kids - Patrice Mackey
  • Majic Bus Meets Further II - Douglas Brinkley
  • The Way It Is - Walt Curtis
  • "Here Came a White Cadillac!" - Lewis Nordan
  • Karma (and Other Sermons) - Ken Kesey
  • Bus Story #1: Definitely the Bus - George Walker
  • The Point Man - Bill Walton
  • The Diverticulum - Ken Babbs
  • Two Poems - Paul Zarzyski
  • A State of Grace - Lee Quarnstrom
  • Departures: Three Heavies Take Their Leave - Ken Kesey
  • Kentucky River Junction: A Letter and a Poem - Wendell Berry
  • Bus Story #2: No Further - Chloe Scott
  • Walking with the King - Hunter S. Thompson
  • The Words on the Page - Glen Love
  • The Tooth - Ken Babbs
  • The Character: McMurphy Goes to High School ... and Gets an A - Pat Monaghan
  • "Wrong Way! Go Back!" - Ken Kesey
  • I Am Kesey's Dog - Happy (witha little help from Genie Murphy)
  • Bus Story #3: Stark Gets Off the Bus - Larry McMurtry
  • The Cuff Links - Ken Babbs
  • Elegy for Ken - Vic Lovell
  • Last Rites - Sterling Lord
  • "In the Pudding" - Tom Wolfe
  • Bus Story #4: "Can I Go with You?" Anonymous Gets on a Bus - Anonymous
  • The Prankster Moves On - John Daniel
  • Earthshoes - Ken Kesey
  • Eulogy for Ken - John Perry Barlow
  • Ken - James Baker Hall
  • Last Go Round: A Song for Ken Kesey - Rosalie Sorrels
  • The White Tent - Eileen Babbs
  • A Ceremony of Consolation - Jim Dodge
  • A Correspondence - Ken Kesey and Gurney Norman
  • Bus Story #5: Further Goes To Sea - Candace Lambrecht
  • The Day The Lampshades Breathed - Ed McClanahan
  • "Now That's Ken Kesey!" - Kathryn Lawder
  • The Boys Octet - Robert STone
  • Working With Kesey - David Stanford
  • Hoenswaggled - Ken Babbs
  • Getting Better: A Radio Interview - Ken Kesey
  • An Unheard Melody - John Nance
  • Lament For Kesey - Robert Hunter
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