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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test | Tom Wolfe
Describes the escapades of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, a drug-saturated group of hippies who get in and out of trouble with the law.
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Cinfhen
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#RedRoseSeptember From the virtual TBR ~ writer Tom Wolfe rode the psychedelic bus across America chronicling the #GroovyTrain(wreck) of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, a 60‘s counterculture group. Meant to be a wild ride 🤟🏼☮️

arlenefinnigan Perfect choice! 4w
BarbaraBB Great cover!! 4w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Traversing the nation with the Merry Pranksters as they “transcended the bullshit” felt like a hellacious hallucination, but I love reading about 60s counterculture. I can‘t say I was a huge fan of this particular story, mostly due to that pompous ass Ken Kesey, but Wolfe‘s writing is mesmerizing. The audio is fabulous.

Suet624 This book was so fun. 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Never read this but Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters‘ hallucinogenic ride through America sounds a little like #HighwaytoHell 🤷‍♀️
#MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen Such a great cover!!!! 6mo
Theaelizabet This book is its own trip. Never a fan of Wolfe‘s fiction, I always thought his nonfiction was first rate. 6mo
rohit-sawant That cover! 6mo
gradcat I love Tom Wolfe, plus I REALLY love this book! 📖 ♥️ 6mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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4-9-19: My 30th finished book of 2019! #theelectrickoolaidacidtest #tomwolfe ☮️📖#️⃣3️⃣0️⃣

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MLRio

From Houston they headed east through the Deep South, and the Deep South in July was… lava. The air rushing into the open windows of the bus came in hot and gritty like invisible smoke, and when they stopped it just rolled over them, pure lava.

Suet624 Great book. 1y
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peacegypsy
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My summer reading chair. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ This is my happy place! 😍😍

kspenmoll Comfy!!! 1y
Karkar I have a chair like this! I love mine. 1y
peacegypsy Thanks all! @#kspenmoll @CouronneDhiver @Karkar They‘re great! Hope you‘re enjoying yours! 😊 1y
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Hollie
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Journalist Tom Wolfe followed around novelist Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters who road around in their painted bus and did LSD (via Kool aid) all over the country in the 60s. His work is written as if it were first-hand, which was a new style of journalism for 1968, and captures the essence of the counter-culture through this group‘s interactions w/ Hell‘s Angels, The Grateful Dead, and others. #lucyintheskywithdiamonds #heyjune

Cinfhen Yay!! Glad u joined in today ❤️ 1y
EyesOnly34 I quoted this in a paper during undergrad! 9mo
Hollie @EyesOnly34 I need to read this still 9mo
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GatheringBooks
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#HeyJune Day 18: Apparently, there is a list of books on Goodreads that feature LSD, otherwise known as #LucyInTheSkyWithDiamonds.

Cinfhen Gotta love GoodReads ❤️ 1y
GypsyKat Haha! You learn something new every day! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Wolfe chronicled his account of living and travelling with Ken Kesey and his cult-like hippies crew across the country in a vividly painted school bus. Equipped with loads of LSD. And lots of Acid Tests.
#HeyJune #lucyintheskywithdiamonds

R.I.P. Tom Wolfe
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Cinfhen I‘ve always meant to read this‼️great choice and 👌🏼graphics 😊 1y
Cathythoughts I agree @Cinfhen great choice 👍🏻 1y
GypsyKat Perfect! 1y
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OrangeMooseReads
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New issue of ‘Fine Books and Collections‘ 😔

LeahBergen Such a wonderful magazine. 1y
GabrielleDubois What kind of books are in this magazine, beautiful and rich books, or books by great authors? We don't have this kind of magazine in France, it looks interesting. 1y
OrangeMooseReads Old books, beautiful books, rich books, books by great authors, it has a little bit of everything in it 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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Shout out about the passing of Tom Wolfe , those white suits! He spent some time with Kesey and the Pranksters to write this one.I always think of Neal Cassady the link between the Beats and the Pranksters, out of his mind driving the bus.Yass ,Yass.

peacegypsy ✌️, ❤️, and Tom Wolfe, in many ways. He chronicled an era, and I‘m so thankful. 1y
Leftcoastzen @peacegypsy me too.✌️❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB Still need to read this but I loved the Bonfire! 1y
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Pickels437
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An all-time favorite has passed. Gosh, how I loved this book! So immersive and immediate - living the San Francisco counter-culture scene - Hanging out with gods of literature as well as the Hell‘s Angels; traveling the country and creating magic, mischief, and mayhem.

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TamaraH71
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RIP Mr. Wolfe

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AmyG
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I just read on twitter that Tom Wolfe died at the age of 87. 😪

LauraBeth I have loved every book of his that I‘ve read 😢 1y
EvieBee How sad! 1y
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SkeletonKey I might have to change my E to this... 2y
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Saknicole
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#thisorthat @Kimberlone not a neat as yours but there you go

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m.galehuxley
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I feel like I should have read this book when I was going through my beat phase and reading new journalism from the 1960s for the first time. I meant to. I may have enjoyed it more back then because so much felt like a revelation. I'm enjoying it so far though.

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StephBengtson
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Bookhaul from the library/#bookmail/bn/hpb. Some of these are books I haven't read but everyone else has for #24in48. Also, yay three day weekend! What are your reading plans?
P.s. The Cursed Child is 50% off at Barnes and Noble this weekend!

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FURTHUR: "A school bus...glowing orange, green, magenta, lavender, chlorine blue, every fluorescent pastel imaginable in thousands of designs, both large and small, like a cross between Fernand Leger and Dr. Strange, roaring together and vibrating off each other as if somebody had given Hieronymous Bosch fifty buckets of day-glo paint and a 1939 International Harvester schoolbus and told him to go to it." #photoadaynov16 #planestrainsautomobiles

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LindsayReads
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Art is not eternal.

#booktober #textonlycovers

(Oh yes. I was a teenage hippie.™)

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azulaco
Panpan

This book was a slog, but I persevered for a reading challenge I'm doing, and also because I do feel it's a cultural marker. My summary: Ken Kesey is an egotistical jerk, leading a cult-like group called the Merry Pranksters. They take a scary amount of drugs and ramble around in a disorganized manner in a psychedelic school bus. Nothing gets accomplished. Book is also way too long, with an annoying writing style trying too hard to be clever.

Yournewfriendsams I always felt like K.K. was a beatnik wannabe. 3y
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azulaco

I am trying so hard to read this book, but it's going slowly. I guess I have finally reached the age when I have no patience with these people. Also they need to get off my lawn. 😜

Yournewfriendsams I'm really into the beatniks but this one didn't do it for me. It seemed like they were all trying to hold on to a time and mindset that was already over. 3y
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Mrs.Darcy
Pickpick

I love seeing how the Beats flowed into the Hippies and the weirdness it all entailed. Reading it before bed is sure to bring dreams fit for a Day-Glo Freud.

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Macnjen
Panpan

Not my era, hated the writing, too long, boring. I guess if that was your bag then it could be interesting but I just didn't get it.

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literati
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Fuelling my counterculture desires since 2008.

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