One of my favorite stories, from Ken Kesey’s Demon Box collection from 1986. Turns out it is available on-line from Esquire Magazine where it was originally published in 1979, before I had heard of Jack Kerouac or Ken Kesey and certainly before I knew who Neal Cassady was. I suppose I was thinking about it because the ending reminds me a lot of the ending of the new Bob Dylan song, Murder Most Foul.
Kirkus Reviews did a review of Demon Box that sums it all up.
An elegiac semi-fiction composed of short takes and longer reprints from Rolling Stone, Esquire and Kesey’s own magazine, Spit in the Ocean, now orchestrated into a large work whose parts sing against each other and whose overriding theme is a magnificent dirge for the 60’s. Demon Box is also a superb rounding out and bookend to all the works springing from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957). What Kerouac began Kesey has finished—and finished with great style and feeling.