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Kesey in la casa grande with the wind up and the sky cloudy and the Gulp flapping and the Rat plaster paneled with pages from out of Marvel comics with whole scenes of Dr Strange Sub Mariner the Incredible Hulk the Fantastic Four the Human Torch--Superheroes in short All heads believe them to be drawn by meth freaks because of the minute phosphorescent dedication of their hands Superheroes Ubermenschen Tom Woolfe The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test page 288The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test by Tom Woolfe is a lovely piece of literary journalism cooked up by renowned paperman Tom Woolfe Written in 1968 the book henceforth referred to as Acid Test was a rousing success at providing the world at large with a stranger than fiction narrative of the formative days of the early hippie or head movement This book contains it all Hells Angels the formation of the Grateful Dead Owselys Acid Jack Keuorac Timothy Leary and more It centers on an enigmatic young Oregoniana man who could be a farmer or your son-in-lawwho for all intents and purposes co-founded experiments into things psychedelic and the attendant lifestyle that followed The man I am speaking of is one Ken Kesey best-known for authoring One Flew Over the Cookoos Nest This man via mind-altering hallucenogens transitioned from Stanford University to Everywhere USA picking up other interested parties every which way These fellow travelers become the Merry Pranksters and on their painted bus dubbed Furthur they attempt to explore the very edges of reality and consciousness And Tom Woolfe writes about it Some academians Of the New York University School of Journalism were so impressed by his work that they put it on a relatively short list of the 100 best examples of American journalism for the 20th century Is this designation deserving I think so Im going to show you this rather than telling but suffice it to say the highest complement that I can pay
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