The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test

Book - 1968
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Wolfe details his wild cross-country ride with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, offering a vivid portrayal of the hippy subculture in its own joyful, psychedelic, excessive, and terrifying colors.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [1968]
ISBN: 9780553380644
0553380648
9780553264913
0553264915
9780374147044
0374147043
9780312427597
031242759X
Characteristics: viii, 416 p. ; 24 cm

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Written in 1967. Drugs, free spirits, experimentation.


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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 19, 2014

A freewheeling, adrenalin- (and other substances) fueled joyride into the 60s hippie/acid culture. Wolfe was there, right in the mix with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and comes back with an often hilarious and always entertaining account of his observations.

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pattyskypants
Jan 05, 2012

"In ordinary perception, the senses send an overwhelming flood of information o the brain, which the brain then filters down to a trickle it can manage for the purpose of survival in a highly competitive world. Man has become so rational, so utilitarian, that the trickle becomes most pale and thin. It is efficient, for mere survival, but it screens out the most wondrous part of man's potential experience without his even knowing it. We're shut off from our own world."

daymakerdave Feb 19, 2011

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mburke26 Jul 06, 2009

An excellent read as a follow up to Jack Kerouac's "On the Road". The two encompass similar time frames and characters.

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