Los Angeles Times
Date: 2012-02-05
Author: Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

Article Mentions
Author, Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Mentioned, Milos Forman
Mentioned, Tom Wolfe
Mentioned, Jack Nicholson
Mentioned, Louise Fletcher
Mentioned, Chuck Palahniuk
Mentioned, Cuckoo
Mentioned, Quo
"Cuckoo's Nest." Sure, everyone's heard of it. But is it worth reading? Before Jack Nicholson won his first Oscar, before there was a bus full of merry pranksters, there was a writing student with a swing-shift job in a mental ward. It's the Ken Kesey of that era who stares from the jacket flap of the 50th anniversary edition of his debut novel, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest": His curly hair is cropped short, he wears a cotton work shirt and his gaze is steady. To someone of my generation X-ish he's almost unrecognizable. The Kesey I knew, peripherally, was a spaced-out hippie spouting psychedelic lingo long past its expiration date. He was a former '60s icon hauled into mainstream culture from time to time, more often than not playing...(read more)
... "Cuckoo's Nest." Sure, everyone's heard of it. But is it worth reading? Before Jack Nicholson won his first Oscar, before there was a bus full of merry pranksters, there was a writing student with a swing-shift job in a mental ward. It's the Ken Kese ...
... lead actress for Louise Fletcher, lead actor for Jack Nicholson and best picture. It was Nicholson's first Academy Award, and something in the character McMurphy, a petty con with wickedly charming rebelliousness, seemed to catapult him to an indeli ...


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