Spit in the Ocean #1
Pleasant Hill, Intrepid Trips, (1974). The first issue of Kesey's homegrown magazine, edited by him and with contributions by Kesey himself, Ken Babbs, Wendell Berry, Paul Krassner and others, including Kesey's alter-ego "Grandma Whittier." This is the scarce first printing, with no writing on the spine. Inscribed by Kesey to Robert Stone: "Awright Stone/ you worthless sack of sociallistic [sic] psallipsisms [sic] !!! You were supposed to be in this issue -30 - Ken Kesey." (-30- being used to connote "end of story.") Hand-addressed (then corrected) mailing label for Stone on rear cover; about near fine in wrappers. Stone and Kesey had a longtime friendship, going back to their time at Stanford in the early 1960s, where both were in Wallace Stegner's writing workshop. Stone went to Mexico to visit Kesey and write about his circumstances when Kesey fled the U.S. after a drug bust, and they stayed friends until Kesey died in 2001. [#033739] $750
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