The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Book Discussion

Welcome to our Online Book Discussion!  This June we will be featuring The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe.

Join Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters as they drive across the country in a DayGlo painted school bus, reaching for personal and collective revelations through the use of psychedelic drugs. The book covers their cross country road trip, as well as Acid Tests, early performances by The Grateful Dead, and Kesey’s escape to Mexico.

Learn More about this Book!

Reserve the book @ Salinas Public Library.

For openers, here are a few discussion questions:

  • This book has been in print now continuously for forty years, what is its popular appeal?  Haven’t things changed?
  • Using techniques originally described as New Journalism, Tom Wolfe attempted to capture a more complete description of his subject.  But did he succeed?
  • When we think of the sixties now how much of our judgment is clouded by this book?
  • And how much of this really happened?

These discussion questions are just a starting point. Please submit your responses in the “comments” area below.

Thanks for your participation!  And don’t forget that the posts will be continued AFTER June until the close of our centennial celebrations.  It’s never too late to contribute!