The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test - Chapter IV What Do You Think of My Buddha? Summary & Analysis

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Ken Kesey was born in La Junta, Colorado, grew up in Springfield, Oregon, and attends graduate school at Stanford University on a creative-writing fellowship. The author weaves the history of how Kesey went from middle-class, straight college student to one of the premiere leaders of the drug culture. The chapter title refers to a drawing of Buddha that a research subject creates on the wall while on LSD.

When Kesey arrives at Stanford, the 1950s-style bohemian culture of Perry Lane allows him in as a curiosity, an intelligent country bumpkin. Perry Lane is not very bohemian by the usual standards, more like an upper-middle class approximation of the lifestyle. Kesey works on a novel and fits into the society as per its expectations, but he decides to volunteer as...

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