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Ken Kesey

Datum narození: 17. září 1935
Datum úmrtí: 10. listopad 2001
Další jména: کن کیسی

Ken Elton Kesey [kízi] byl americký spisovatel. Bývá řazen do postmoderní literatury, někdy je považován za styčný bod mezi beatníky a hnutím hippies.

Kesey vystudoval divadelní umění na oregonské univerzitě v Eugene. Na Stanfordově univerzitě v Kalifornii absolvoval kurz tvůrčího psaní .

V době studií se stal dobrovolníkem ve výzkumu Veterans Hospital v Menlo Parku, který zkoumal účinky halucinogenů . Role pokusného králíka v tomto výzkumu ho později inspirovala k napsání jeho prvního románu Vyhoďme ho z kola ven, který vyšel v roce 1962, dosáhl velkého úspěchu, byl zpracován do podoby divadelní hry.

V roce 1975 natočil režisér Miloš Forman podle divadelní adaptace Keseyho knihy Vyhoďme ho z kola ven úspěšný film Přelet nad kukaččím hnízdem, který získal 5 Oscarů. Sám Kesey prý film nikdy neviděl, kvůli sporům o ocenění jeho autorských práv. Také se mu nelíbilo, že ve filmu nebyl jako vypravěč indián Bromden, tak jak je tomu v knize.

Po vydání svého druhého románu Tak mě někdy napadá v roce 1964 si koupil Kesey školní autobus, pojmenoval ho Further a vydal se v doprovodu Neala Cassadyho a skupiny přátel, kteří si říkali The Merry Pranksters na výlet přes USA na newyorskou Světovou výstavu. V New Yorku se tehdy seznámil s Allenem Ginsbergem a Jackem Kerouackem. Tento výlet následně popsal další jeho účastník Tom Wolfe ve své knize The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. V roce 1971 byl jeho román Tak mě někdy napadá zfilmován a dostal dvě nominace na Oscara.

Zemřel 10. listopadu 2001 po operaci, při níž mu byl z jater odstraněn rakovinný nádor.

Citáty Ken Kesey

„He knew you can't really be strong until you can see a funny side of things.“

—  Ken Kesey, kniha One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Varianta: You can't really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.
Zdroj: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

„But it's the truth even if it didn't happen.“

—  Ken Kesey, kniha One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Zdroj: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

„Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.“

—  Ken Kesey, kniha One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Zdroj: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), Ch. 5
Kontext: Maybe not you, buddy, but the rest are even scared to open up and laugh. You know, that's the first thing that got me about this place, that there wasn't anybody laughing. I haven't heard a real laugh since I came through that door, do you know that? Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.

„I'm not going to talk about that because I've never seen it, except in kids doing stuff that I don't know about and I'm not interested in… I've never taken crack and I've never taken ecstasy; none of us has. I don't want to take some strange drug and end up chewing my tongue for 12 hours.“

—  Ken Kesey

Trip of a Lifetime (1999)
Kontext: A TV crew came over 10 years or so ago, on the anniversary of the discovery of LSD, and those guys were trying to push me towards saying how bad it was. They wanted me to talk about the dark underbelly of the drug culture. And I said, I'm not going to talk about that because I've never seen it, except in kids doing stuff that I don't know about and I'm not interested in... I've never taken crack and I've never taken ecstasy; none of us has. I don't want to take some strange drug and end up chewing my tongue for 12 hours.

„Anytime you have a force that comes along and says, We will eradicate these people, you have evil.“

—  Ken Kesey

The Paris Review interview (1994)
Kontext: When I see bad-looking bikers with black leather studs on their wrists hanging out at the Oregon Country Fair, I take it as a sign of health. No, I don’t want them hanging around, but trying to eliminate them all, arrest them all, legislate against them all — that’s evil. I have asked feminists, If you could, would you eliminate all male chauvinist pigs? If you could come up with some kind of spray to spray in the air and do away with them, would you? Would you do away with all scorpions and rattlesnakes, mosquitoes? Mosquitoes are part of the ecosystem. So are male chauvinist pigs. You’ve got to fight them, but you don’t try to exterminate them. A purifying group or system that would eliminate them all — that would be an evil force. Anytime you have a force that comes along and says, We will eradicate these people, you have evil. Looking back in history, what has seemed the worst turns out not to be the worst.

„I got high on psychedelics before I was ever drunk. I never smoked. Then LSD came by. And to me it was the most wonderful thing that had ever happened…“

—  Ken Kesey

Trip of a Lifetime (1999)
Kontext: I got high on psychedelics before I was ever drunk. I never smoked. Then LSD came by. And to me it was the most wonderful thing that had ever happened... And, of course, the best drugs ever were manufactured by the government.

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„I believe that with the advent of acid, we discovered a new way to think, and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind.“

—  Ken Kesey

As quoted in the BBC documentary The Beyond Within: The Rise and Fall of LSD (1987)
Kontext: I believe that with the advent of acid, we discovered a new way to think, and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts in your mind. Why is it that people think it's so evil? What is it about it that scares people so deeply, even the guy that invented it, what is it? Because they're afraid that there's more to reality than they have ever confronted. That there are doors that they're afraid to go in, and they don't want us to go in there either, because if we go in we might learn something that they don't know. And that makes us a little out of their control.

„Lois Learned, Big Nurse, and I thought, Oh my God.“

—  Ken Kesey

The Paris Review interview (1994)
Kontext: I was performing The Sea Lion in the Newport Performing Arts Center. Afterwards a white-haired old woman approached me and said, Hey, you remember me? I looked her over, and I knew I remembered her, but had no idea who she was. She said, Lois. It still didn’t click. She said, Lois Learned, Big Nurse, and I thought, Oh my God. She was a volunteer at Newport, long since retired from the nursing business. This was the nurse on the ward I worked on at the Menlo Park hospital. I didn’t know what to think and she didn’t either, but I was glad she came up to me. I felt there was a lesson in it, the same one I had tried to teach Hollywood. She’s not the villain. She might be the minion of the villain, but she’s really just a big old tough ex-army nurse who is trying to do the best she can according to the rules that she has been given. She worked for the villain and believed in the villain, but she ain’t the villain.

„But all of us know that’s not what is supposed to be in that hole.“

—  Ken Kesey

The Paris Review interview (1994)
Kontext: When people ask me about LSD, I always make a point of telling them you can have the shit scared out of you with LSD because it exposes something, something hollow. Let’s say you have been getting on your knees and bowing and worshiping; suddenly, you take LSD and you look and there’s just a hole, there’s nothing there. The Catholic Church fills this hole with candles and flowers and litanies and opulence. The Protestant Church fills it with hand-wringing and pumped-up squeezing emotions because they can’t afford the flowers and the candles. The Jews fill this hole with weeping and browbeating and beseeching of the sky: How long, how long are you gonna treat us like this? The Muslims fill it with rigidity and guns and a militant ethos. But all of us know that’s not what is supposed to be in that hole. After I had been at Stanford two years, I was into LSD. I began to see that the books I thought were the true accounting books — my grades, how I’d done in other schools, how I’d performed at jobs, whether I had paid off my car or not — were not at all the true books. There were other books that were being kept, real books. In those real books is the real accounting of your life.

„When I see bad-looking bikers with black leather studs on their wrists hanging out at the Oregon Country Fair, I take it as a sign of health. No, I don’t want them hanging around, but trying to eliminate them all, arrest them all, legislate against them all — that’s evil.“

—  Ken Kesey

The Paris Review interview (1994)
Kontext: When I see bad-looking bikers with black leather studs on their wrists hanging out at the Oregon Country Fair, I take it as a sign of health. No, I don’t want them hanging around, but trying to eliminate them all, arrest them all, legislate against them all — that’s evil. I have asked feminists, If you could, would you eliminate all male chauvinist pigs? If you could come up with some kind of spray to spray in the air and do away with them, would you? Would you do away with all scorpions and rattlesnakes, mosquitoes? Mosquitoes are part of the ecosystem. So are male chauvinist pigs. You’ve got to fight them, but you don’t try to exterminate them. A purifying group or system that would eliminate them all — that would be an evil force. Anytime you have a force that comes along and says, We will eradicate these people, you have evil. Looking back in history, what has seemed the worst turns out not to be the worst.

„You’ve got to fight them, but you don’t try to exterminate them.“

—  Ken Kesey

The Paris Review interview (1994)
Kontext: When I see bad-looking bikers with black leather studs on their wrists hanging out at the Oregon Country Fair, I take it as a sign of health. No, I don’t want them hanging around, but trying to eliminate them all, arrest them all, legislate against them all — that’s evil. I have asked feminists, If you could, would you eliminate all male chauvinist pigs? If you could come up with some kind of spray to spray in the air and do away with them, would you? Would you do away with all scorpions and rattlesnakes, mosquitoes? Mosquitoes are part of the ecosystem. So are male chauvinist pigs. You’ve got to fight them, but you don’t try to exterminate them. A purifying group or system that would eliminate them all — that would be an evil force. Anytime you have a force that comes along and says, We will eradicate these people, you have evil. Looking back in history, what has seemed the worst turns out not to be the worst.

„Mr. Bibbit, you might warn this Mr. Harding that I'm so crazy I admit to voting for Eisenhower.“

—  Ken Kesey, kniha One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Zdroj: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), Ch. 1
Kontext: Mr. Bibbit, you might warn this Mr. Harding that I'm so crazy I admit to voting for Eisenhower.
Bibbit! You tell Mr. McMurphy I'm so crazy I voted for Eisenhower twice!
And you tell Mr. Harding right back — he puts both hands on the table and leans down, his voice getting low — that I'm so crazy I plan to vote for Eisenhower again this November.

„This is what I know. The ward is a factory for the Combine. It's for fixing up mistakes made in the neighborhoods and in the schools and in the churches, the hospital is.“

—  Ken Kesey, kniha One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Zdroj: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962), Ch. 4
Kontext: This is what I know. The ward is a factory for the Combine. It's for fixing up mistakes made in the neighborhoods and in the schools and in the churches, the hospital is. When a completed product goes back out into society, all fixed up good as new, better than new sometimes, it brings joy to the Big Nurse's heart; something that came in all twisted and different is now a functioning, adjusted component, a credit to the whole outfit and a marvel to behold.

„We think we’re in the present, but we aren’t. The present we know is only a movie of the past.“

—  Ken Kesey

Zdroj: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Ch. 11: The Unspoken Thing
Kontext: We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we’re in the present, but we aren’t. The present we know is only a movie of the past.

„One of these days you're going to have a visitation.“

—  Ken Kesey

The Paris Review interview (1994)
Kontext: One of these days you're going to have a visitation. You're going to be walking down the street and across the street you're going to look and see God standing over there on the street corner motioning to you, saying, "Come to me, come to me." And you will know it's God, there will be no doubt in your mind — he has slitty little eyes like Buddha, and he's got a long nice beard and blood on his hands. He's got a big Charlton Heston jaw like Moses, he's stacked like Venus, and he has a great jeweled scimitar like Mohammed. And God will tell you to come to him and sing his praises. And he will promise that if you do, all of the muses that ever visited Shakespeare will fly in your ear and out of your mouth like golden pennies. It's the job of the writer in America to say, "Fuck you God, fuck you and the Old Testament that you rode in on, fuck you." The job of the writer is to kiss no ass, no matter how big and holy and white and tempting and powerful.

„Leary can get a part of my mind that's kind of rusted shut grinding again, just by being around him and talking, 'cause that's where he works.“

—  Ken Kesey

As quoted in "Comes Spake the Cuckoo" the Far Gone interview (13 September 1992) http://www.intrepidtrips.com/kesey/fahey.html by Todd Brendan Fahey http://www.fargonebooks.com/bio.html
Kontext: Leary can get a part of my mind that's kind of rusted shut grinding again, just by being around him and talking, 'cause that's where he works. He knows that area of the mind and the brain, and he knows the difference between the two areas. He's a real master at getting your old wheel squeaking again. … When we first broke into that forbidden box in the other dimension, we knew that we had discovered something as surprising and powerful as the New World when Columbus came stumbling onto it. It is still largely unexplored and uncharted. People like Leary have done the best they can to chart it sort of underground, but the government and the powers do not want this world charted, because it threatens established powers. It always has.

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