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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe (1968)

“The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a nonfiction book by Tom Wolfe that was published in 1968. The book is remembered today as an early – and arguably the most popular – example of the growing literary style called… 301 more words


Hiding Behind Hyperbole

A hyperbole is an exaggeration for emphasis or humour that beats you over the head with its meaning.

(Unless, like in the previous sentence, it’s been worn trite.) 1,190 more words


A Response to Kesey: It's Kind of a Funny Story

When Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story was published in 2006, societal views on mental health had changed. After contemplating suicide, Craig, a 15-year-old, checks himself into the hospital where he spends 5 days working on himself before returning to his life and preparing for college. 581 more words

Mental Health

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey published One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1962, following a main character named “Chief” Bromden who pretends to be deaf and mute, leading him to be diagnosed as Schizophrenic. 609 more words

Mental Health

The Spirit of Jack Kerouac

Some of us growing up in the ’60’s/’70’s had strong philosophies of life.  It was a time of intentional living for those in the counter-culture.  We didn’t conform to the dominant social norms, and in order to protest, you needed a philosophy to measure the status-quo against. 309 more words


Buckmaster Sexton (the gypsy tour)

Buckmaster Sexton’s is rock’n’roll, dirty gypsy blues, and dark country-punk. A southern bred travelling man, the music is inspired by the what he calls “ghost music from the haunted backwaters of Americana.” Known for his two-string guitar, Stella, Buckmaster also plays the six-string electric, pianos, shofars, and pretty much anything else he can get to make sound. 191 more words

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Cheat Sheet.

Welcome to the first of hopefully many, in a new series I am calling ‘Cheat Sheets’. For those unfamiliar with the term, it means a concise set of notes which enables the reader to become familiar with the subject without having to read through various textbooks, or in this case watch particular films. 1,121 more words

Cheat Sheets