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Tom Wolfe’s: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Jack Schafer

in Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159319
eISBN:
9780231500586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159319.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This essay reviews the book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe. Published in 1968, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a nonfiction work that chronicles the experiences of Ken Kesey and his ... More


Youth Beverages

Andrew F. Smith

in Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151177
eISBN:
9780231530996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151177.003.0012
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter discusses the history of youth beverages in America. Throughout much of early American history, children drank pretty much the same beverages as did their parents; alcoholic drinks were ... More


Tom Wolfe’sFailed Optimism

Nona Willis Aronowitz

in The Essential Ellen Willis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816681204
eISBN:
9781452949048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Tom Wolfe’s contradiction between his populist faith in human possibility and his essentially conservative political instincts. A subtheme of utopianism during the 1960s was the ... More


Tom Wolfe’s Failed Optimism

Ellen Willis

in Beginning to See the Light: Sex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680788
eISBN:
9781452948997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about various works of Tom Wolfe. In the book The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Wolfe pulled off the remarkable feat of not only ... More


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