Ken Kesey (1935–2001) was an American novelist and counterculture icon. Kesey wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest following his participation in a study testing mind-altering drugs and work in a VA hospital. To promote his book Sometimes a Great Notion, Kesey banded together with the Merry Pranksters for a cross-country trip ending in New York, a famous drug-laced adventure that was documented in The Electric Kool-Acid Test by Tom Wolfe.
In his book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," Tom Wolfe described the escapades of Kesey and the Pranksters as they drove around the country in their Day-Glo school bus. Terry Gross spoke with Ken Kesey in 1989, and asked him what he thought about Wolfe's book and how accurate it was.
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