Days [ ) The Mystery | Ken Kesey, 1994


 Breading G. Way, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1888

“The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer – they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”

Ken Kesey
The Art of Fiction – interview by Robert Faggen, The Paris Review No. 130 (Spring 1994)

Ken Kesey (1935 – 2001) was an American writer, most famous for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and as a cultural icon whom some consider a link between the “beat generation” of the 1950s and the “hippies” of the 1960s as a founding member of the Merry Pranksters.

1 thought on “Days [ ) The Mystery | Ken Kesey, 1994

  1. The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

    Anaïs Nin

    The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

    Oscar Wilde

    The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.

    G.K. Chesterton


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