The electric koolaid acid test, bantam books, likenew/mint condition. The electric kool-aid acid test is a nonfiction book by tom wolfe that was published in 1968. The book is remembered today as an early and arguably the most popular example of the growing literary style called new journalism.
Wolfe presents an as-if-firsthand account of the experiences of ken kesey and his band of merry pranksters, who traveled across the country in a colorfully painted school bus, the destination of which was always furthur, as indicated on its sign, but also exemplified by the general ethos of the pranksters themselves. Kesey and the pranksters became famous for their use of lsd and other psychedelic drugs in hopes of achieving intersubjectivity. The book chronicles the acid tests (parties in which lsd-laced kool-aid was used to obtain a communal trip), the group's encounters with (in)famous figures of the time, including famous authors, hells angels, and the grateful dead, and it also describes kesey's exile to mexico and his arrests. Expose' of hippie life-styles of the 1960's. You're either on the bus.
This is the choice facing you as you begin to read tom wolfe's classic saga of ken kesey's merry pranksters as they test the boundaries of consciousness and test the limits of other human's patience. What is almost as amazing as the lengths to which the pranksters went to enjoy their existence on earth, is the style that wolfe has chosen to narrate the adventures. Brilliantly blending stream of consciousness writing and a journalistic sense of description, wolfe immerses himself in kesey's world in an attempt to understand the thoughts of a group of adults who would paint a school bus with day-glo colors and trek across the united states with pitchers full of acid and a video camera keeping an eye on it all.
Who could resist a chance to find out what it was like to spend a quaint evening in the woods reaching altered states of consciousness with a group of hell's angels, or taking a peek inside the world of the budding hippie stars led by a youthful jerry garcia and the grateful dead. Whether or not you approve of massive drug use will not impact your liking of this book, and for anyone who takes an interest in the counterculture movement this book is a must-read. Also acts as a perfect companion to kesey's "one flew over the cuckoo's nest, " and jack kerouac's on the road. " now you must decide, "can you pass the acid test.