Ian Fleming was inspired by Raymond Chandler. Ken Babb’s new book is on the market. Ian and Bond liked to gamble like my grandfather, Victor Hugo. There is a burlesque quality to Bond books and movies. Without Kesey’s Cuckoo’s Nest there would be no Cronies. I learned of Ludwig five months ago. He is identified as a ‘Disciple of Freud’. Ken worked in a Nut House, and was given LSD. Consider Kim as the Real Big Nurse.
In Roland Barthe’s Mythologies he missed the boat by not mentioning a ‘Love Drug’. Ken Babb’s does not take this myth – head on – either. But, how many thousands of young people came to San Francisco looking for Love via a Love Drug? The drug did it’s job. We were done in – by a myth!
A group of Freud’s disciples team up with a group of men’s magazine writers (known as The Lustful Eye), a couple of horror movie makers, the King of the Beatniks (who owns the Hungry 1) and Princess Marie Bonaparte, who claims she is the grandmother of Caryl Chessman. Together they hatch a scheme to alter the conciousness of the world, with the help of the Macumba Love Drug. They want to create a vortex of super creative people in the legendary Shangri-La that Carl’s father, Prince Peter, discovered in his visit to Tibet.
9 The “Disciple of Freud”
Wittgenstein admired Freud for developing a way of speaking that rendered expressible – and held the potential to clarify – problems, conflicts, desires, and emotional states. This was the ingenuity that Wittgenstein saw in Freud, and it was Wittgenstein’s own hopes of developing a way of speaking, a line of thought, to clarify philosophical problems. These hopes led Wittgenstein to call himself a “disciple of Freud”: He, too, wanted to invent a manner of speaking to deal with age-old philosophical problems that had for so long escaped clarification. Yet Wittgenstein, after developing his own way of speaking – the language game and other techniques – did not claim that it was science.
A BULLET TRAIN OF A BOOK. FAST-PACED, HILARIOUS, RICH WITH ACTION. A HARBINGER OF GOOD THINGS TO COME IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS.
It all began at a cocktail party at Wallace Stegner’s for the Stanford writing class of 1958. Ken Kesey and Ken Babs became cronies, embarking on a frolicking, rambunctious adventure that lasted over 40 years. Babbs calls the 70 stories of this book “burlesques” because, after 85 years of living, much of it in the wide friendly center of an evolving, at times psychedelic culture, memory no longer can, or even should include an exact retelling, but only a tasty sprinkling of the truth, mixed with an endless enigma, all topped with the best of humor and heart.
The troupe of characters include the Kens Kesey and Babbs, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Timothy Leary, Jerry Garcia, Pigpen, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mountain Girl, Sonny Barger, Larry McMurtry, Wavy Gravy, Hunter Thompson, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman, Jan Kerouac, Bill Walton, Wendell Berry, a pick-up bed-sized sturgeon, and always the many free-spirited, creative, friendly men and women who made up the Merry Band of Pranksters.
Come along for the ride on the famous bus trip to Manhattan. Join the Hells Angels at their partying best. Drop in for the early acid tests. Experience the Berkeley Vietnam anti-war rally. Relish the stories of Kesey’s pot busts and “suicide.” Climb aboard—“Board”—for six months on the lam in Mexico. Take the Further tours with the Grateful Dead. Make the ultimate move to Oregon, where Babbs and Kesey grew a magical friendship and collaboration until Kesey passed in 2001.
Irreverent, unencumbered by social norms, literary and poetic, “Cronies” is a poignant view of the Sixties and beyond from someone who was there, and remembers it well. Kind of…
CRONIES inspires, dazzles, and leaves everlasting smiles and wonder, all the while expanding our horizons, and reminding us to laugh and think, as we continue to explore and experiment with Ken Babbs—one of the all-time masters. Look out. Hold on. —Bill Walton, former NBA All-Star Basketball Player
Tsunami Press is delighted to share with you the literary memoirs of Ken Babbs, co-founder of the Merry Pranksters and a 1960’s cultural icon. CRONIES, A Burlesque: Adventures with Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, The Merry Pranksters, and the Grateful Dead (Tsunami Press, 1/11/2022) is a wild, colorful ride of high times, exploration, and friendships that have lasted a lifetime. In these 70 stories written in unique prose, Ken’s spirit of adventure comes alive with wondrous anecdotes about America’s counterculture and those who came to symbolize it, including the Grateful Dead, Ken Kesey, Wendell Berry, Allen Ginsberg, and a singular host of others—the cronies.
Above is a photo of Austrian Philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein, who studied the Black Mack Writers and other authors of Detective novels. He was fascinated with Norbert Davis who was a friend of my grandparents – who have redeemed THEIR family from beyond the grave. I am the head of my family. Here is a movie about Ludwig. In this scene he is attending a movie based on detective writers like Dashiell Hammet and Erle Stanley Gardener who were friends of Royal Rosamond.
I have seen the light! I just sent this to my ex-wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen;
“You saw greatness in me Mary Ann and so did my famous sister. Our destructive parents filled us with the most vile low-self esteem one could imagine. Not able…
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