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Ken Kesey

Intrepid Travels: The Bus That Fell Behind The Times

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

You might need a little more than just the sonospheric groove in the album, Intrepid Travels, in order to experience Sound Strider's out-of-this-wo...

The Beats Go On

Lew Whittington | Posted 02.25.2014 | Books
Lew Whittington

Art Pepper's description of his life in jazz and his descent into heroin addiction is mesmerizing in its veracity. These artists and this lost world is examined from many angles in these works give more than a primo peak at the hot birth of the real cool. You dig.

Ken Kesey: The Formative Years of a Literary Revolutionary

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steve Heilig

Where had Ken Kesey come from? His youth was akin to that of a real-life Huck Finn, who transformed into a revolutionary counter-cultural figure.

The Grateful Dead Will Always Be This Colorful

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts

Watch Grateful Dead's lead singer Jerry Garcia give a special peak into the band's humble beginnings in this 1988 interview with Joe Smith. Seeing...

Staying on the Bus

David Blistein | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

One unsettling thing about aging is the subtle fear that the bus has left you behind. Or that you're lugging around so much baggage you won't be able to get back on at the next stop. That instead of heading towards the light -- transcendent or otherwise -- your so-called "golden years" are in the rear-view mirror.

The Koch Brothers Are My Brothers

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If I ever run into Charles (MIT 1957) or David (MIT 1962) at one of their regular Palm Springs get-togethers for the ultra-conservative wing of the .001 percent, I'll make sure to give them the secret handshake, quietly mutter "Phi Kai Phi" and sing a few refrains of one of the fraternity's drinking songs.

'Cuckoo's Nest' Doctor Dies

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The psychiatrist who opened the Oregon State Hospital's doors to filming of the 1975 Academy Award-winning movie "One Flew Over t...

How the Grateful Dead Got Started

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Dr. R. Keith Sawyer

This is how all great creativity happens -- a wandering path, surprising and unpredictable. As a Grateful Dead song puts it, "What a long, strange trip it's been." You can't tell where it's going to end, but you have to trust in the process, and stay open to the surprising ideas along the way.

'Kool-Aid Acid' Bus Repairs Memorialize One Hell Of A Trip

AP | By JEFF BARNARD | Posted 05.16.2013 | Travel

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The family of writer Ken Kesey is reviving plans to restore his original psychedelic bus in time for the 50th anniversary o...

Use Vice to Find Your Literary Voice

Jeff Klima | Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

So many writing tutorial books and articles focus on your actual writing, that most of the time, the other, dare I say, more important, aspects of your would-be author career get overlooked.

Straight Trippin'

Gabriel Mizrahi | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science
Gabriel Mizrahi

Fifty years after Tom Wolfe documented that epic LSD trip on a bus called "Further," a new breed of scientists is attempting once again to put Schedule I drugs into words (peer-reviewed ones, thankfully). The rigorous and careful exploration of these substances points to four key benefits.

The Art of Passionately Hating at Least One Classic Author

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 07.15.2012 | Comedy
Nick Kolakowski

Not that you need to unleash your inner Conan the Barbarian to make a point about literature. But given how intellectuals inevitably harbor well-tended lists of likes and dislikes, not confessing a deep hatred of, say, John Milton's poetry will compel other learned types to view you with suspicion.

Before There Was Jon Stewart There Was Paul Krassner

Forward.com | Posted 04.03.2012 | Comedy

Decades before Jon Stewart brought his popular admixture of satire and journalism to the mass media on Comedy Central, the unique hybrid of the two ge...

'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Revisiting the Monterey International Pop Festival Through A Perfect Haze

Holly Cara Price | Posted 02.19.2012 | Books
Holly Cara Price

The Monterey International Pop Festival took place at such a guileless time that the promoters used the word "pop" in its title. Not long after this would have been unthinkable, after the lines were drawn between "pop" music and rock and roll.

Dying Large

Wendy Dennis | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty
Wendy Dennis

We of the Woodstock generation have long been interested in pushing the limits of self-expression, and our desire to noisily overturn convention is unlikely to stop just because we're facing the big chill.

Five Books That Blew Our Minds, 1955-1975

Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

At first glance, these books have very little in common -- a racially-charged tome and one of the most praised linguistic publications in history, a "...

Ken Kesey Rides Again In Magic Trip

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 10.06.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

Directors Alex Gibney and Allison Ellwood have resurrected, cinematically, the pivotal moment when our country went from Mad Men to HAIR.

Neal Cassady Drives Again in 'Magic Trip'

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

See Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood's "archival cinéma vérité" documentary "Magic Trip" to see Neal Cassady's next chapter, as the driver of Ken Kesey's bus Further.

Satirist Paul Krassner Turning 80, Going Strong

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.04.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

There's irony in the fact that Paul Krassner sees "increasing insanity" in our current politics and culture. The 1960s activist whom the FBI once tagg...

HuffPost Review: Magic Trip

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.04.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You don't have to be a Deadhead or a Ken Kesey-phile to find the fun and the wistfulness in Magic Trip, Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood's reconstruction of the famous cross-country bus trip by Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.

Indie Summer

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.02.2011 | Home

Nothing says "August" like some quality, independent film. At least for us. Maybe, for you, August says "Oh crap, the summer's almost over," or "I rea...

Sundance Preview: Tripping with Alex Gibney

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The idea for Alex Gibney's new film Magic Trip began at Sundance and climaxes with a world premiere at the film festival this weekend. En route to S...

Con Games: On Writing The Post-Papyrus Novel

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

During the dark ages of technology -- this would be 1984 or so -- I found myself lucky enough to go to the first-ever Microsoft conference on CD-ROM, ...

Chatting and Chuckling With Wavy Gravy

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Wavy Gravy, bowed but unbroken, walks into a deli-café in New York's SoHo, holding a fish on a leash. He's making the rounds in Manhattan, doing interviews to publicize a documentary -- about his life.

HuffPost Review: Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As characters go, it's hard to find anyone who has had both the Zelig-like ubiquity and, at the same time, the high profile of Hugh Romney, aka Wavy G...