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Letters Outlining Kesey’s Agreement with U. of Oregon

Below are letters from Dr. Paul Armstrong to Ken Kesey about his appointment as Visiting Professor to the University of Oregon. The letters provide insight into what both Armstrong and Kesey envisioned for the class that would go on to write Caverns. For more background on Caverns, click here. Armstrong, now at Brown University, became the…

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Truman Capote and The Potato Book

or  In Cold Potato Leek Soup While weeding through my mother-in-law’s extensive collection of cookbooks, I came across The Potato Book, published in 1973 with a foreword by Truman Capote. Capote’s famous name conjures up a lot of images and associations for me, none of which have anything to do with potatoes. I flipped through…

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Interview with DC Street Artist Kelly Towles

Kelly Towles’s work is all over Washignton, DC. Recently, he completed a massive mural near Nationals Park. Below, he answers questions about that piece and his other work. When and why did you first start putting up work around DC? I started doing graffiti back in the 90’s because I was a pretty pissed off…

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Never-Before-Seen 1990 Ken Kesey Interview

Recently, I received an email from Dr. Timothy M. Tays, a psychologist, author (Wannabe Distance God: The Thirst, Angst, and Passion of Running in the Chase Pack), and former freelance journalist. In 1990, with the hopes of selling a story to the local paper, Dr. Tays called Ken Kesey to ask about Caverns. The local paper didn’t…

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Ben Bochner is O.U. Levon: The Caverns Co-Author Fell from Grace and Became Ken Kesey’s “Rogue Reader”

During the academic year of 1987-1988, Ken Kesey taught a graduate-level creative writing class of thirteen students at the University of Oregon. He charged the group with producing a full-length novel in one school year, which they did, publishing Caverns under the name O.U. Levon (Novel University of Oregon backwards) in 1990. It is my intent to…

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Jane Sather is O.U. Levon: Ken Kesey Co-author Recalls Their Year Writing Together and Watching An American Icon Ride a Schwinn

During the academic year of 1987-1988, Ken Kesey taught a graduate-level creative writing class of thirteen students at the University of Oregon. He charged the group with producing a full-length novel in one school year, which they did, publishing Caverns under the name O.U. Levon (Novel University of Oregon backwards) in 1990. It is my intent to…

Charles Varani is O.U. Levon: Ken Kesey’s Co-author Talks about Their Year Writing Together and How Kesey Yearned for the Technology We Have Today

During the academic year of 1987-1988, Ken Kesey taught a graduate-level creative writing class of thirteen students at the University of Oregon. He charged the group with producing a full-length novel in one school year, which they did, publishing Caverns under the name O.U. Levon (Novel University of Oregon backwards) in 1990. It is my intent to…