10/16/2010 10:54 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Acid Christ': Ken Kesey, Psychedlics And The King Of Counter Culture

Like cargo pants, platform shoes and junk bonds, mind obliterating psychedelic drugs have gone in and out of fashion forever and have recently reared their airborne head once again now that Gus Van Sant is bringing Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" to the screen. "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" told the wild-edging-to-unbelievable story of Ken Kesey, the "undisputed King of the Counter Culture" who during the early 1960s became America's top new literary light, then -- fueled by Sandoz 25 LSD -- abruptly ditched his day job as the next Norman Mailer to become a sort of proto acid Christ. This is the title, not incidentally, of my new book, the story of multi-talented Kesey's spectacular rises and falls.