Tom Wolfe: The Electric Kool-Aid Asid Test (1967)
”Thousands of kids were moving into San Francisco for a life based on LSD and the psychedelic thing. Thing was the majos abstract word in Haight-Ashb ury. It could mean anythin, isms, life styles, habits, leanings causes, sexual organs; thing and freak. Freak referred to styles and obsessions, as in ”Steward Brand is an indian freak” or ”the zodiac – that’s her freak”, or just heads in costumes. It wansn’t a negative word.” (8)
”But the biggest name in Life, Kesey, announcing that it is time to ”graduate from acid”, and what the hell is this, a copuout or what. ”
”A school bus … glowing orange, green magnete, lavender, chlorine blue, every fluorescent pastel imaginable in thousands of desings, both large and small, like a cross between Fredinand Legér and dr. Strange, roaring together and vibrating off each other as if somebody had given Hieronymous Bosch fifty buckets of Day-Glo paint. … On the loor of the bus is a 15 feet banner reading ACID TEST GRADUATION” (Tom Wolfe, 1967, 9).
”…the biggest name in Life, Kesey, announcing that it is time to ”graduate from acid”, and what the hell is this, a copuout or what. ”