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Ken Kesey's son Zane's website, www.Key-Z.com, features (and sells) work by and about Ken (including SPIT 7 and KESEY'S JAIL JOURNAL), along with Grateful Dead and Merry Prankster memorabilia and related items.
Kesey's partner, trail boss, and best friend Ken Babbs, alias Cap'n Skypilot, helps to keep the Prankster spirit aloft on his lively and entertaining website, www.skypilotclub.com.
SPIT 7 art editors Pat Mackey and Johnny Lackey (that's right; Mackey and Lackey) both have fascinating websites. Pat, a Prankster computer wizard with an enclyclopedic knowledge of jazz, rock, and pop music, is also an excellent photographer and a gourmet cook specializing in barbecue; read all about him on his website, www.chefjuke.com. Johnny, another computer hotshot, is a full-time working artist in Lexington, KY. His linoleum block portrait of Kesey appears in SPIT 7; to see more of his work, go to his website, www.homegrownpress.com.
Tucson, AZ bookman Walt Bartholomew, the proprietor of Eliot Books and Sylph Publications, operates a website, www.eliotbooks.com, featuring work by Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, and me, among others.
Lexington artist/printmaker Joe Petro III offers his own work on www.joepetro.com. He is also a collector of and dealer in carnival sideshow banners, posters, cabinet cards, etc. (www.sideshow-art.com). As a printmaker, he works with Ralph Steadman, Kurt Vonnegut, Jonathan Winters, and others.
Readers interested in purchasing FAMOUS PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN from the publisher can do so via the University Press of Kentucky website.
Kentucky Educational Television has done several programs that may be of interest to McClanafans (if any): an hour-long profile of my modest self, directed by Paul Wagner and produced by Guy Mendes, for KET's Signature series; a Gurney Norman-inspired program, "Living By Words," produced and directed by Guy, featuring readings by Bobbie Ann Mason, Wendell Berry, James Baker Hall, Gurney, and me; and a KET Bookclub show on THE NATURAL MAN. A variety of material related to all three is accessible on www.ket.org.
Several of my favorite stories originally appeared in Lexington's ACE WEEKLY. Read them at www.aceweekly.com.
Emily Hagedorn, editor of the University of Kentucky student newspaper KENTUCKY KERNEL, wrote a substantial — and very gratifying — profile of me last spring. The front-page feature, which includes three good photos by Jonathan Palmer, can be read at www.kykernel.com.
Lexington's Ann Tower Gallery offers photographs by both Guy Mendes and James Baker Hall.
I've been peripherally involved (very peripherally) in several of Lexington documentary filmmaker Tom Thurman's projects — excellent docs about Western film stars Ben Johnson and Warren Oates, directors Sam Peckinpah and John Ford, writer Harry Crews, legendary r&b record producer Jerry Wexler — and I confidently commend them to your attention. Another friend, my frequent collaborator Tom Marksbury, wrote many of the scripts. Read about all their films at www.fbnpictures.com.
Ken Sanders, proprietor of Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City — a lovely store where I read in April, 2005 — published a beautiful broadside of my little piece called "The Imp of Writing" in honor of my appearance at his store, You can read "The Imp of Writing" on the "Writings" page of this website, or buy the broadside (for 15 bucks) at his website.
Filmmaker Paul Wagner directed Kentucky Educational Television's hour-long documentary about me in KET's 1994 Signature series about Kentucky writers. Paul and I also collaborated on two short fictional films: "Crazy, Man, Crazy" and "The Congress of Wonders," a prize-winning film based on my short story. See Paul's filmography on www.paulwagnerfilms.com.
A terrific Lexington-based contemporary bluegrass band named Blind Corn Liquor Pickers has just recorded their second CD, titled ANYWHERE ELSE?, which includes a great, rockin' song called "Little Enis," with lyrics co-authored by their banjo player, Travis Young, and — get this, McClanafans — me! The song, Travis says, was inspired by my FAMOUS PEOPLE story "Little Enis: An Ode on the Intimidations of Mortality" (originally published in PLAYBOY, under a different title), about the late Lexington rocker. Travis used several phrases from the story in his lyrics, and generously offered to share author credit with me. I even got to join ASCAP! Read about the band — and buy the album! — on their website, www.blindcorn.com.
Gary Stevens, a native of Boyle County, Kentucky, where my late pal Little Enis, the World's Greatest Left-Handed Upsidedown Guitar Player, also grew up, operates a country music website with a great Little Enis page, which includes several songs from Enis's only album, I KEPT THE WINE AND THREW AWAY THE ROSES. Take a look — and a listen — here.
Mike Funt is a young stand-up comedian, actor, and writer, now based in San Francisco, whom my wife, Hilda, and I met in the fall of 2004 when his Great Dane, Lucy, and our Great Dane, Frida, introduced themselves to each other on the beach at Jekyll Island, GA. I've never seen Mike perform, but his website is a lot of fun.
Lexington, KY, where I live, is home to a variety of new and used bookstores, among which my two hands-down favorites are Black Swan Books and Joseph-Beth Booksellers, two stores which couldn't be more different, but which complement each other perfectly. Black Swan, located at 505 E. Maxwell St. in downtown Lexington, is a small, intimate venue specializing in carefully selected used and rare books, but Michael Courtney, the proprietor, also stocks many new titles by writers (including me) of local and regional interest, many of which are signed. Joseph-Beth, which anchors the high-end Lexington Green mall off Nicholasville Rd. on Lexington's southside, is a large, bustling independent store offering a full range of new and standard titles (with a very thorough Kentucky Books section), records, magazines, daily papers from all over, and other periodicals, and various readers' services and accoutrements, as well as an excellent cafe. (Joseph-Beth is the only store I know of that keeps my book MY VITA, IF YOU WILL in stock, via Ingram Book Company's print-on-demand service.) Both stores host many readings and signings, and are sensitive to local issues and causes.
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