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5.0 out of 5 stars Being There, June 23, 2000
This review is from: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (Paperback)
I've savored just about every word this man's ever written. I still vividly recall him at a lecture he gave in Berkley in 1972 standing at the lectern in his white Gatsby suit, starched pink shirt and nattily knotted tie. I can't recall the ostensible topic. He covered so much ground and had such a wealth of ideas and insights that the topic was irrelevent anyway. He's always been our keenest observer of American culture, on subjects ranging from hippies, art snobs, wall street, the space race, to the Southern nouveau-riches.
In terms of unadulterated reading enjoyment, however, this book is still my favorite. He captures the era perfectly. This was the period in the mid-sixties when the hippie philosophy and lifestyle was still genuine, before it had become commercially exploited by the mass media, before Manson and Altamont and the seeds of evil. It was an uncorrupted, pure, joyous movement and moment. Owsley was the bay area chemist who produced hits of Sandoz-quality acid that sent the children out dancing blissfully through the night and into the purple dawn. It truly looked like a brave new world. If you are young and can't undertand why former hippies wax nostalgic about it, it's primarily (at least to me) because that tiny era of innocence can never be recreated. The waters of cynisism have washed away all the bridges to that idyllic past. The era can, however, thanks to Tom Wolfe, be revisited. I urge you to take the tour.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2007 6:37:59 PM PDT
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prisrob says:
This book is a now-classic portrait of the coterie which gave the hippie world of the 1960s much of its philosophy and vocabulary. I have read that Ken Kesey wrote much of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' while on hallucinogens, but that is incorrect. Any review that can bring back the feel of those days and that era of innocence that you have so well described deserves kudos. Kudos, Sir!
And, today, I read that this novel will come to life in film format. Am not sure how I feel about that.
Gus Van Sant will direct.

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