Wolfe’s first masterpiece is a trip through trippy times on Ken Kesey’s bus. Essays from Acid Test ground zero, featuring real life characters straight out of Kerouac. Hunter Thompson gives us details in his books and Wolfe gives us the scene, the zeitgeist. Interestingly, Thompson shared his notes with Wolfe at times, particularly for details on a party at Kesey’s house.
Most critics of Hunter Thompson’s books like to throw around the words “Gonzo” and “crazed” and “counterculture.” All of that sort of labeling is true but none of it is meaningful. Thompson presents the clearest vision of a time dominated by uninhibited rebellion. A garish Ektachrome view through an LSD-tinted kaleidoscope, with no detail left unexamined. This book professes to be about bikers, drugs, and sex, but it is much more. Thompson captures the American id on parade.