Tom Wolfe: Bonfire of the Vanities, Kool-Aid Acid, Radical Chic, The Right Stuff & More

Hugh

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Well in the early 70s I thought “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” was one of the books to read, as did many of my peers. As you probably know, it’s a somewhat idealised account of Ken Kesey and the scene around him and copious quantities of LSD. It may still be a good read for its slant on the times.

I tried “The Pump House Gang”, and “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby”, but I found the style of writing in one, or both of them, over-experimental and irritating. That was in the early 70s. I didn't get far with either book.
 

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I read the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test when I was a student but (probably not unsurprisingly) I remember very little about it except that I do seem to remember them accusing the Beatles of ripping off their nomadic bus lifestyle with the Magical Mystery Tour album.
 

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Yes, I went through a Tom Wolfe phase in my life, and read several. All very good: The Right Stuff, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full.

I was saddened to hear he had died.
 

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