Tuesday, May 28, 2013


           Bringing In The Sheaves One Sheaf At A Time

“The trip had a dual purpose. One was to turn America on to this particular form of enlightenment, the other was to publicize [Kesey's] new book”   ~ Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

“The durability of that myth… [purpose #1] is rooted in American ideals of freedom. Carolyn Garcia, aka Mountain Girl, the prankster who would later marry Jerry Garcia of the rock band the Grateful Dead, says Kesey felt that a film of the bus trip would spread the gospel of freedom through LSD. "They didn't know they were starting the 60s.
 ~Edward Helmore, The Observer

Electric kool-aid acid test
Astral, baby, but also


1. The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test: Tom Wolfe's book about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. One of the great books about how LSD invaded America's consciousness, peaking during the Summer of Love. A tribute to Kesey, the Pranksters (including Neal Cassady, Ken Babbs, Mountain Girl and Wavy Gravy), and the whole psychedelic generation. Good insight into how the torch was passed from the Beats to the hippies. It also contrasts Kesey's "up front", experiential movement versus Timothy Leary's experimental, insightful approach to the LSD trip.

2. For more hippie terms see http://hippy.com/glossary-f.htm#F

3. Edward Helmore. “How Ken Kesey's LSD-fuelled bus trip created the psychedelic 60s”.  The Guardian/The Observer,  Saturday August 6, 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/aug/06/lsd-ken-kesey-pranksters-film accessed May 28, 2013.  accessed May 28, 2013.

4. #ohj [odd hippie journey] sheaf, fractious and bonus fun; the letter "N" is banned today May 28, 2013 except in hashtag.

5. The bus, "Further" from the 1960's road trip that begat the '60's.