Sometimes A Great Movie

Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel

Nestucca Spit Press Announces Sale of Special Hardback Edition of Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel.


Dear Friend of Nestucca Spit Press:

Four years ago I issued a limited hardback edition of Oregon’s sesquicentennial anthology to help finance its publication and further hone my model of producing sustainable Oregon literature.

The strategy proved successful and I want to replicate it with my latest book, Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel. Nestucca Spit Press will publish 300 hardback copies and offer them in a tiered pricing system with different amenities. I invite you to buy the special edition and assist me in publishing a book about a fascinating and entertaining chapter of Oregon’s cultural history.

Which was…in June 1970, the biggest movie star in the world traveled to the Oregon Coast to film an epic novel about a defiant family of loggers written by a home grown counterculture hero. The star was Paul Newman. The author was Ken Kesey. The story was Sometimes a Great Notion.

What ensued was a wild working vacation between Hollywood and Oregonians involving beer, sex, scotch, loggers, beaches, and perhaps, a spectacularly vandalized pool table. In Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel, I document the legend of that magical summer and present over a 125 never-before-seen photographs, including many in color, in a large 8 ½’’ by 8 ½’’ format size of 168 pages. It’s far and away my most ambitious publishing project and will launch Nestucca Spit Press to the entire Pacific Northwest and beyond.