United States writer whose best-known novel was based on his experiences as an attendant in a mental hospital (1935-2001)
- In American literature, the term "black humor" is associated with a group of novelists, including John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, Joseph Heller, Ken Kesey, Bruce Jay Friedman, William S. Burroughs, and Kurt Vonnegut.
- His ideas are quite beyond my ken.
- Ken: We have got plenty of time.
- Abstract words are beyond the ken of children.
- What happens after death is outside our ken.