You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things

strong arm

I was wondering a little if maybe he was blind to the other side

I think McMurphy knew better than we did that our tough looks were all show, because he still wasn’t able to get a real laugh out of anybody. Maybe he couldn’t understand why we weren’t able to laugh yet, but he knew you can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things. In fact, he worked so hard at pointing out the funny side of things that I was wondering a little if maybe he was blind to the other side, if maybe he wasn’t able to see what it was that parched laughter deep inside your stomach. Maybe the guys weren’t able to see it either, just feel the pressures of the different beams and frequencies coming from all directions, working to push and bend you one way or another, feel the Combine at work — but I was able to see it.


by Ken Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001)
from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
part III
image – ~ggvic~

If he’s crazy, what does that make you?

Ken Kesey was born on this day, September 17th, in 1935. He was an American author who was best known for the novel “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Kesey considered himself to be a bridge between the Beat Generation of the 1950’s and the Hippies of the 1960’s, but I didn’t know he existed until Jack Nicholson blew my socks off in the 1975 movie adaptation. For me, the movie was a bridge to the book, which deepened my appreciation for how different our various roles in life can look from different or altered perspectives.

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