Literary World with His Book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Over the Cuckoo’s Nest American journalist Tom Wolfe changed the literary world with his 1968 book The Electric Cool-Aid Acid Test. The book was made famous because of both its outrageous and controversial subject matter as well as for Its use of the literary style known as new Journalism. The focus of the book is surrounded around the emerging counter culture Wolfe believes to be led by Ken Keyes and his group of followers known as “The Merry Pranksters”.

The main distinguishing factor between Keyes and he Pranksters versus previous counter culture groups, such as the Beat Generation, was the Introduction of the use of hallucinogenic drug LSI. This resulted In Ken Keyes, as well as the other Individuals Involved, becoming the face of the sass’s drug counter-cultural movement that rebelled against the previous post-war culture of conformity. Keyes believes that the way to achieve this Is by altering ones state of mind with LSI to change how we perceive culture.

The Electric Cool-Aid Acid Test is recognized as one of the first or earliest examples of new journalism which can be men as a form of literary reporting that is more artistic and creative in comparison to more traditional news reporting. The distinguishing factor between the two being that conventional Journalism tends to be more objective while new Journalism allows for the writer to be more subjective allowing for their opinions and involvement to be a part of the story. Wolfe demonstrates this by attempting to get “inside the heads” of Keyes and the Pranksters, portraying what they were thinking and how they felt.