This book is about as (white male) alt cult as you can find. Questions ‘crazy’ as a concept. It was Kesey and the Merry Prankster’s bus that Tom Wolfe writes about in his wild ride of a book, Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. Speaks for itself really, and it also means that when you read this book that it has the spicy weight of a generation on it, that of the 1960s. It is also a universal story of the trickster and the fool, this time set in the Oregon State mental hospital. It was turned into a film starring Jack Nicholson which is also an altcultclassic. This is a book that I picked up years ago, the film tie-in edition with its orange cover, featuring a photo of old Fangtooth Nicholson. There are notes and comments amongst the text, by whoever interoggated this book before you.
Also, you should all read Lidia Yuknavitch.
I miss the pale green spined Penguins, this is a silver backed version from 2002 (first published in 1962 so this is in a way a 40th celebration).
9780141187884, foxed in a lovely manner, with preface and illustrations by Kesey too.
281 strong and thin pages