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  1. says:

    You know those books that blew your mind in high school Like Siddhartha or anything by Bukowski or Nietzche and you read it in a cafe trying to look cool to the older hippies who ran the place and one of them sleazed up to you and said, you have beautiful skin and gave you a copy of Tom Wolfe s book on the Merry Pranksters and tried to get you to go out back and smoke a suspiciously tangy looking joint which you delcline but take the book, and read it and are briefly tempted to run off to a commune you ve heard about in Arcata where women do their own pap smears with hand mirrors that s what the brochure said and then twenty years later you find a copy of Woolfe s book in a weird used bookstore and re read it and think, Christ, hippies were fucking annoying


  2. says:

    I think this should have been half the length Most pages seemed as though


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    On the bus or off the bus The trolley glided along the tracks Hovering, floating, flying The ticket checker, his name tag read Mitchell, had the head of a warthog Feed the bee , he said What Jeff seemed trapped in a powerful time space vortex His hands looked rubbery, like Plastic Plastic Man But drawn by a meth freak A bunny, half gold, half silver, Day Glo halo, blood dripping from its fangs Feed the bee , she said Feed it now It s hungry Jeff turned to the other passengers I just want to grok , he thought, but the passengers turned toward him Sensing his thoughts They started to howl Are they howling because they re pixilated, speckled like a Seurat You should have tried the strawberry Kool Aid You have choices CONTROL CONTROOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL Outside the trolley, flying monkeys were flinging sugar cubes at MaPaBuddySis Paul is dead Just go with the flow Dog plaster was oozing from the roof It was red and slimy Slimy Cassady is there Played by Nick Nolte He s juggling a toaster He s the oracle He s the big, eye on top of the pyramid.More than half of this book was written like a faux LSD trip This kind of rambling prose is about as thrilling and contemporary as a Peter Max drawing or a Nehru jacket If you can get past this it s challenging and you re interested in the transition from unwashed Beatnick to unwashed Hippie, which is facilitated by Ken Kesey via psychedelic drugs, then this is the book for you Groove to acid tests, self absorbed hippies, squalor for the sake of squalor soundtrack provided by The Grateful Dead don t get me started on them.Wolfe s archness, think The Right Stuff or The Painted Word infinitely better books takes a beating after about thirty pages of this stuff He might have been the Daddy to New Journalism but he was Hunter S Thompson s bitch.Also, Wolfe like a young Norman Mailer, doesn t know how to spell the word fug.On the bus or off the bus I ll drive my car, thanks, but first a good de lousing.Recommended listening For a fun psychedelic album and kids there aren t many The Small Faces Ogden s Nut Gone FlakeFor an album that skewers the hippies The Mothers of Invention We re Only in it for the Money


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    A mega doozy A unique fauxdopey emblem of hippie Americana that blows angelic trumpets in your face with the celebration of a dadaesque topsy turvy rover s lifestyle So, oh so VERY unique Is it all nonfiction Really Or is it a horror film in disguise no, no, no, just hear me out wherein body snatchers captivate the fragile minds of the youth, ensnaring them in major LSD consumption, intersubjectivity, codependent thinking and a fantastical creation of genuine communal attachment The hippies were a group that s just if not , at the time self aware as conceited as all of them are All about the me Once the novel is one fourth over, it finally becomes accessible, cracking open like some golden egg And what pours out of the almost mystical experience following a group of misfits who grok over the long roads ever expanding horizons of the motherland is something unforgettable, unattainable for any other writer than this one, the overly ambitious writer of Bonfire of the Vanities, Mr Tom Wolfe Reading The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test is like following the Pied Piper into some sweet oblivion, acting as stupid foolish children, except that your parents will never find out nor be sad about your departure You re either on the bus or off the bus Yup, there are life lessons aplenty to be harvested from this utmost jewel, this crystallized ruby, as important to historians as it is for creative writers.This one requires your utmost attention, reader Bring it into your own personal movie, which plays out in a singular, long, mystifying strip of Day Glo Highlighter acid lemon green R.I.P Tom Wolfe


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    These nut jobs actually came to Houston with their bus and parked it two doors down from my best friend in Houston Around 1969, moon, Led Zeppelin touring, people taking LSD and sitting on the hill in Hermann Park staring at the sun My older brother and sister would drag me along to look at the hippies then the next day in the paper would be another story of a young Houston man who had become blind forever by roasting his retinas with pupils wide open looking at the sun Guess I should have given him my shades.Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters are the subject of this real life look into the lifestyle of California hippies , commune living, and all those weird things you kids have heard of happening in the sixties Well, The weekend they were in Houston, Ken Kesey a benign Manson went to the stadium where a day long concert of the summer Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service blah blah was happening and again I was in tow by my older brother and sister, Kathy This guy Kesey was there to entertain between sets, a true to life Haight Asbury scene At one point, he asked everyone to jump in synchronicity , I thought to feel the stadium rumble for a few seconds, but looking back he may have been trying to cause the thing to collapse Hell, HE was on the field, as was the stage I was gonna be the one to die, not him Finally, he asked everyone to take a deep breath and let it out slowly as a loud hiss Again take a breath and hiss Again again over and over we were all seated and I was feeling light headed Finally he says Take one , deeper than any other, and as you breathe in, stand up and stretch as far as you can and as hard as you can I remember I did this, and as I stood, I stretched and suddenly everything was going dark then wham I hit the dirt, fainted I had never fainted before As I awoke, I noticed EVERYONE IN THIS 70 THOUSAND SEAT STADIUM WAS ON THE GROUND having also fainted He was indeed a prankster Hippies if you want to know why what it was REALLY like to be around hippies constantly read this.


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    This book was a huge disappointment It s hard to believe that a book that included so many interesting people, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsbergh and Neal Cassady just to name a few, could be so tedious and uninteresting Wolfe s descriptions are clunky and monotonous This is a guy who is about as square and straight as they come attempting to describe to his readers what it was like for Kesey and the merry pranksters to be high on acid and most of it reads like a hollow impersonation of Jack Kerouac The poems at the beginning of some of the chapters are particularly nauseating The book lacks substance as well The further I got into it the I began to feel that I was not getting the whole story but rather a romanticized version of what the hippie acid culture was really like I m not sure if Tom Wolfe set out to write an objective journalistic piece covering a time and a place in American history or to write an interesting and exciting non fiction novel, but he failed on both ends.


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    What we are, we re going to wail with on this whole trip What Ken Kesey is is a prick, so let s not get any delusions about that But most great leaders are pricks, and the case Wolfe is making in this masterful biography is that Kesey, in his way, was a great leader His early days on the Furthur bus, discovering LSD and inventing the psychedelic movement, come off like Stanley or Shackleton explorers in new lands, leading a ragtag but brave band of adventurers into dangerous frontier territory The middle part makes you feel like Kesey was really on the edge of something new or at least that he really, really wanted to be placing him among prophets remembered and failed The final partwell, you know how this arc goes Hubris and overreaching It s a standard rise and fall plot if you ve seen The Doors, you get the idea but I ve never seen it done better.I don t come out of this book caring much for Kesey But I do have a new respect for Neal Cassady, now the muse of two counterculture movements in a row I came out of On The Road feeling sorry for Cassady, who seemed like a mentally unstable person taken advantage of by Kerouac and his crew But the fact that he managed to become a central, trusted, key figure once again, in this movement alsodude had to know what he was doing I mean, other than killing himself.I can t believe Gus Van Sant is sitting on the rights to this because he doesn t know how to film it For Pete s sake, dude, just cast Robert Downey Jr and turn a camera on.You may be reminded a few times that it is super boring to listen to someone describe their acid trip You may disagree with the philosophy getting chased here You may not like Ken Kesey at all You may think the whole thing is mostly bullshit But you will enjoy hearing Kesey wail with the whole trip.


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    I love anything to do with the hippie movement I m looking at the era through idealist eyes but it was such a time of great change, great music, great clothes and freedom After my midterm on Tuesday I was lucky enough to find an old 68 edition of this book being given away for free at the student trade shelf, and it was excellent Bizarre, funny, interesting and unforgettable, The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test is one of the strangest things I ve ever read but also one of the most addictive stories I ve found in a long time.


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    I enjoyed this book I grew up partially on the peninsula with a father who was pretty involved in the counter culture I ran around at 12 in a black corduroy cape with a sparkly Mylar dot on my forehead. and when Ken Kesey s bus pulled up in our driveway in Barron Park and he and the Pranksters melted out I thought the circus had arrived.I read Electric Kool Aid Acid Test soon after it came out and I thought Tom Wolfe really captured the feeling of the times It was exciting for me to read because I felt pretty immersed in the times through my dad I was young and precocious and I thought Kesey was about as handsome as could be. I had read his books and loved One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest a lot He was a larger than life figure and I circled around he and my father as they sat at the work table in our garage eyeing his muscular bicep under his black tee shirt from behind my fathers print dryer.


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    I don t want to be rude to you fellows from the City, but there s been things going on out here that you would never guess in your wildest million years, old buddy Oh, to having lived in the Sixties All the things people whisper and get reminiscent about today comes alive in The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test It certainly was a ride, in the most literal sense of the word.I mean, this book is nuts Crazy Insane Tom Wolfe presents his experience of Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters, who traveled across the United States in a colourfully painted school bus named Further In the 60s they became famous for their use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs and unknowingly lay the foundation stone for the rising hippie movement Everybody is going to be what they are, and whatever they are, there s not going to be anything to apologise about What we are, we re going to wail with on this whole trip The book today is also seen as an important representative of the New Journalism literary style The as if first hand account of Kesey and his followers makes you feel like you re part of the gang and it s surely a crazy drug filled life they led On their journey they meet up with people like Allen Ginsberg and Neil Cassidy, encounter the Hells Angels and the Grateful Dead, are chased down by the police and flee to Mexico, only to find out that it s just not the same thing there.I also didn t actually know about the Acid Tests before reading this The title was given to a series of parties that were held in the mid 1960s, where LSD often put into the drink Kool Aid, hence the title of the book was taken to abandon the real world and reach a state of intersubjectivity Books written in seemingly effortless, stream of conscioussness style, often have the ability to convey a rawness and intensity that overly polished narratives sometimes lose in their process of editing This one didn t evoke the comfort of Dharma Bums in me, or the wanderlust of On the Road, but it had its own craziness, documenting the transition from the Beat Generation to the Hippie Movement I believe there s a whole new generation of kids They walk different I can hear it in the music It used to go life death, life death, but now it s death life, death life Having that said, it s an achievement how Tom Wolfe, who was never truly on the bus he claims to never having taken LSD and only smoked marijuana once made you feel like you re part of the experience throughout the entire book If that s a thought that tickles your fancy, this one is for you.


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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test download The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, read online The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, kindle ebook The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test 910de551ad4c Tom Wolfe S Much Discussed Kaleidoscopic Non Fiction Novel Chronicles The Tale Of Novelist Ken Kesey And His Band Of Merry Pranksters In The S, Kesey Led A Group Of Psychedelic Sympathizers Around The Country In A Painted Bus, Presiding Over LSD Induced Acid Tests All Along The Way Long Considered One Of The Greatest Books About The History Of The Hippies, Wolfe S Ability To Research Like A Reporter And Simultaneously Evoke The Hallucinogenic Indulgence Of The Era Ensures That This Book, Written In , Will Live Long In The Counter Culture Canon Of American Literature