Death of a Merry Prankster

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An appreciation of author and cultural icon Ken Kesey, who died this morning at the age of 66 in California. Kesey's 1962 book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and his psychedelic exploits as one of the Merry Pranksters became emblems of the age.

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