The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test

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By (author) Tom Wolfe

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 24mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 17 February 1989
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552993662
  • ISBN 13: 9780552993661
  • Sales rank: 10,375

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I looked around and people's faces were distorted...lights were flashing everywhere...the screen at the end of the room had three or four different films on it at once, and the strobe light was flashing faster than it had been...the band was playing but I couldn't hear the music...people were dancing...someone came up to me and I shut my eyes and with a machine he projected images on the back of my eye-lids...I sought out a person I trusted and he laughed and told me that the Kool-Aid had been spiked and that I was beginning my first LSD experience...

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Tom Wolfe grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Washington and Lee University. He received his doctorate in American Studies from Yale University. Mr Wolfe worked as a reporter for the Springfield Union (Massachusetts), The Washington Post, and the New York Herald Tribune. His writing has also appeared in New York magazine, Esquire, and Harper's. He is the author of several works of non-fiction: The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, The Pump House Gang, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Text, Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Painted Word, Mauve Gloves and Madmen, Clutter and Vine, The Right Stuff, From Bauhaus to Our House and The Purple Decades, A Reader. His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, was published in 1987. He lives in New York City.

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By Miguel Mendes 02 Jun 2009 4

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a work of literary journalism by Tom Wolfe, published in 1968. Using techniques from the genre of hysterical realism and pioneering new journalism, he tells the story of Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters as they drive across the country in a DayGlo painted school bus dubbed "Furthur," reaching what they considered to be personal and collective revelations through the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs. It covers their cross country road trip, as well as the Acid Tests, early performances by The Grateful Dead, and Kesey's exile to Mexico. Wolfe is primarily concerned not with narrative, but with relating the Pranksters' intellectual and quasi-religious experiences

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"A day-glo book, illuminating, merry, surreal!" The Washington Post "Tom Wolfe is a groove and a gas. Everyone should send him money and other fine things. Hats off to Tom Wolfe!" -- Terry Southern "Not simply the best book on the hippies, it is the essential book... The pushing, ballooning heart of the matter... Vibrating dazzle!" The New York Times "An American Classic" Newsweek