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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
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Feb 14, 2010

really liked it
Read from February 14 to April 02, 2010

If you're comfortable with a wall-splat stream of consciousness style of writing, Acid Test is an incredible portrayal of the LSD experience. In particular, a few chapters seem to unfold in real-time, as we follow a first timer through one of Kesey's wild tests, from newborn awakening, to mind shattering fear. Next to Naked Lunch, I'd say this is required reading for anyone considering experimenting with hallucinogenics. Without glorifying or condemning drugs, Wolfe portrays the experience with honesty. The book is a good for people who are a little skeptical that LSD will immediately make you pants-shittingly crazy, but who know that acid isn't all rainbows and golden Gods.

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