The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Tom Wolfe

Everybody, everybody everywhere, has his own movie going, his own scenario, and everybody is acting his movie out like mad, only most people don’t know that is what they’re trapped by, their little script.”

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“If you label it this, then it can’t be that.”

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“It’s like a boulder rolling down a hill – you can watch it and talk about it and scream and say Shit! but you can’t stop it. It’s just a question of where it’s going to go.”

Wolfe’s book is a written-documentary account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, a group of mid-1900 hippies who travel the country in a colorful bus with wild amounts of acid, seeking to dive into raw experience. They were on the Now-Trip, “out front”, participating in as fascinating an experiment in the capacity of human experience as there’s ever been. Wolfe was Kerouac’s favorite writer, and the similarity as evident, but Wolfe is a little more into coherent narrative, so to read the story is a hell of a time for anyone, even if you think the hippies were lunatics.

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