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Tom Wolfe

Data di nascita: 2. Marzo 1930
Data di morte: 14. Maggio 2018

Tom Wolfe, all'anagrafe Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. , è stato un saggista, giornalista, scrittore e critico d'arte statunitense. Wikipedia

„I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph“

—  Tom Wolfe, libro The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

On Ken Kesey, in Ch. I : Black Shiny FBI Shoes
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)
Contesto: He talks in a soft voice with a country accent, almost a pure country accent, only crackling and rasping and cheese-grated over the two-foot hookup, talking about —
"—there's been no creativity," he is saying, "and I think my value has been to help create the next step. I don't think there will be any movement off the drug scene until there is something else to move to —"
— all in a plain country accent about something — well, to be frank, I didn't know what in the hell it was all about. Sometimes he spoke cryptically, in aphorisms. I told him I had heard he didn't intend to do any more writing. Why? I said.
"I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph," he said.
He talked about something called the Acid Test and forms of expression in which there would be no separation between himself and the audience. It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch —
lightning.

„It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch —
lightning.“

—  Tom Wolfe, libro The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

On Ken Kesey, in Ch. I : Black Shiny FBI Shoes
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)
Contesto: He talks in a soft voice with a country accent, almost a pure country accent, only crackling and rasping and cheese-grated over the two-foot hookup, talking about —
"—there's been no creativity," he is saying, "and I think my value has been to help create the next step. I don't think there will be any movement off the drug scene until there is something else to move to —"
— all in a plain country accent about something — well, to be frank, I didn't know what in the hell it was all about. Sometimes he spoke cryptically, in aphorisms. I told him I had heard he didn't intend to do any more writing. Why? I said.
"I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph," he said.
He talked about something called the Acid Test and forms of expression in which there would be no separation between himself and the audience. It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch —
lightning.

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„…Las Vegas is the only town in the world whose skyline is made up neither of buildings, like New York, nor of trees, like Wilbraham, Massachusetts, but signs.“

—  Tom Wolfe, libro The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

"Las Vegas (What?)"
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965)

„The demolition derby is, pure and simple, a form of gladiatorial combat for our times.“

—  Tom Wolfe, libro The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

"Clean Fun at Riverhead"
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965)

„Everything was becoming allegorical, understood by the group mind, and especially this: "You're either on the bus … or off the bus."“

—  Tom Wolfe, libro The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

On Kesey's coining of the phrase "on the bus", in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Ch. VI : The Bus; as Paul Grushkin reports, in Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail (2011), p. 120, the statement became a famous evocation of an attitude:
The phrase became a metaphor for 1960s culture rethinking — if you were "on the bus" you were "with it."
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)

„A sect, incidentally, is a religion with no political power.“

—  Tom Wolfe, libro Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine

"The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening"
Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine (1976)

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