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…

Mansbach’s “Rage is Back”

I recently finished reading Adam Mansbach’s Rage is Back, a novel steeped in the history of New York City Graffiti.  The main character, Kilroy Dondi Vance, is the son of two graffiti artists who rose to prominence marking trains in the 80’s.  When Dondi’s dad returns from his mysterious journey into the Amazon, he renews…