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           Another Book deal for  eager readers:

A chapbook, We Were Arrested,  is a chapter from the book I'm working on called,
CRONIES, about the adventures with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady and the Merry Pranksters.
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The big book I'm working on, Cronies, is a burlesque, a legitimate literary genre defined as "an historical occurance embellished
with inventions and exagerations." Gets me off the hook of being factual or totally made up, for the book is neither a memoir
nor fiction, but a series of adventures starting with meeting Kesey at Stanford in 1958 and ending with his death in 2001.

An example of a burleque is "Knickerbocker's History of New York City", supposedly written by Daedalus Knickerbocker, which
caused quite a scandal when it came out in the late (i think) 1700's with things like, "why does the mayor of new york city meet
the boats bringing in immigrants and hires the young good looking girls to work in city hall?"

Finally the true author was revealed: Washington Irving, the most popular author of the day and the first author in America to
make his living solely by writing books.

Here's an excerpt from Cronies. I'm almost done with my fifth and final (for now) draft and am sending it
to my agent in NYC the end of this week, Friday, Feb. 8.

"I had an awakening," Kesey told me. "A flash. My short story teacher was J.B. Hall, a real controversial
character because he wore white shoes. He pointed out to me a part in a short story called "Soldier’s Home"
by Hemingway in which this guy Krebs has come home from the war and  is sitting at the breakfast table
wondering what to do with the day. Whether to watch his sister play indoor baseball or just exactly what.
His mother wants him to get a job, 'God has some work for everyone to do . . . I pray for you all day long . . .' 
Krebs looked at the bacon fat hardening on his plate.

         "And J.B. Hall says, 'See, there’s where it happens; right there.' And I saw it. A door opened up to me
and it’s never been closed. I thank this man from the bottom of my heart. It’s a turn-on and has nothing to
do with intelligence. It has to do with somebody grabbing somebody and saying, 'I know something that’s good.
I’ll give it to you for nothing. You’ll have it all your life.'"

            THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1019

Tomorrow, February 8, is Neal Cassady's 93rd birthday. Here's a Bukowski piece about Neal that appeared
in the book, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, columns that Bukowski wrote for an LA underground paper in the late 60's.


Questions from Danny Waxkirsh and my answers:

What was/were the biggest influences which inspired you and the Pranksters to use acid, drive across America and start the Acid Tests?

Ken Kesey first took acid in the early sixties at the VA hospital in Menlo Park, California where the government paid 25 dollars a session
to some grad students at Stanford, giving them pills, studying the effects of different drugs. Kesey managed to bring home a bottle of pure
Swiss Sandoz Lab LSD and that's when I and our friends (we weren't the Prankster then, that came a couple of years later) started using
acid. In 1964, Kesey bought a school bus converted into a motor home and he and the Pranksters (we had our name by them) drove it to
Madhattan for the coming out party of his new book, Sometimes A Great Notion. We decided to film the whole trip and edit it and release
it in theaters, a revolutionary film genre, neither documentary nor madeup, but a combination of the two for we would take acid, stop
somewhere, people would flock to the bus, we'd get out and join them, play our musical instruments, be part of the local drama, filming
the whole thing. When we returned to California we started editing the film but were arrested. The cops raided Kesey's and found some
marijuana. We decided then to do the acid tests, get the action out of Kesey's house. The band first known as the Warlocks joined in.

Was there any political motivation for your actions?

None, other than by example, living the life of the free, free to do your own thing, free to dip in and out of business, performance art, ordinary
life at home, look any person in the eye, shake hands, be he or she a down and outer or the president of the U.S.

How much did your group interact with the Leary camp and how similar was your ideology? (Other than the awkward summit between your
 groups described in 'The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test).

We spent a couple of days at Leary's placein Millbrook, New York while on the bus trip to Madhattan. They were coming down and we were
getting high. It was awkward at first but we meshed nicely. EKAT laid a false impression that we didn't get along and Leary told Kesey and me
as we were leaving we were doing the same good work and would continue to do so, together or apart. Leary became a good friend and we did
do some works together. Check out the film on youtube: Leary's Last Trip.

Lastly, do you think we can still 'turn on the world'?

We were not the only ones doing the work of keeping the world a great place. Many rode that first wave and contributed, and many many more
did their part to keep this bumpy ride moving along; still do, world wide, working to restore our water and air and land and the minds of the
troglodytes. Kesey said, "The only true currency is that of the spirit." Our work has always been to raise the spirits high.

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