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Drink the Kool-Aid - Grammarist

Then he begins singing in that low vaudevillian voice he used when he wanted to make a profound pronouncement but didn't want anybody to get real serious or hung up or brought down-- "And we mixed up a bottle of-- Love Potion No. 9 doop de doodle doodle dee...."

Nov 14, 2014 · I'm spending a lot of time on the bus these days. And this has been making me think about some of my favorite bus metaphors. My …
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In 1997 Ken came up with the wildest idea for a party since the Acid Test. The idea was to transform a room into a Time-Machine, transporting the audience from reality to. . . anyplace else. The Merry Pranksters were enlisted to help pull off this mind altering feat. The Timeroom itself was filled with transparent films painted with Day-Glo space designs, with psychedelic liquid lights projected onto them. Ken and the Pranksters were in front sitting around their "Timetable." The Timetable was equipped with headphones for each of the Time Navigators (The Merry Pranksters) so that they could communicate in the moment and spread their weirdness amongst each other, as well as broadcast it to the crowd. Multi-media images were being shown of historic events in time, these images were mixed in with the camera aimed at our Merry navigators. The combined video images were then projected onto a large screen behind the Timetable, bombarding the audience with chaotic colors and swirling images both past and present . The result was fun-filled chaos, with plenty of Prankster silliness. The video was also recorded as it was shown, giving a chance for you to see the wildness of the Timeroom for yourself. The Timeroom was a huge success, leaving the audience bewildered and enthralled, but maybe in need of some aspirin by the end of the night.
Approximate running time 55 minutes.

The first Acid Test, a small semi-public event advertised only at the local Hip Pocket underground bookstore, kicked off a series of weekly psychedelic blowouts that provided a launching point for the Grateful Dead and a public turning point for …
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1986, approx. 99 min. On the road with the Thunder Machine Band, it's Ken at his best. This electric video captures the spirit of Ken and brings it to you. In Still Kesey, Ken reads several selections from his book Demon Box. The first selection "Now We Know How Many Holes it Takes to Fill In the Albert Hall", details Ken's reaction to the death of John Lennon, recounting three "visitations" that Ken experienced before and after the assassination. The second selection entitled Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear is a timeless tale both written and told to you by Ken. "Tricker" has already become a classic and the way Ken delivers the story is not to be missed. For the last 20 minutes or so Ken slips into his alter-ego "Uncle Sam Bozo" and sings a medley of his "greatest hits" with the Thunder Machine Band - a very eclectic group of musicians. The climax of the musical performance, and the end of the video, includes some very special musical guests. Still Kesey is a warm, funny video which is the next best thing to seeing Ken in person. "It's like that feeling when you're a kid on a carnival ride." - Washington Post. "Kesey fascinates his audience with his delivery ... animated and cagey." - New York Times. "Five thousand people applauded for five minutes." - Wall Street Journal.

The expression is usually pejorative, implying that the Kool-Aid drinker is blindly following something that doesn’t merit such devotion
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he Brits may have successfully infiltrated the Hollywood film and television industry, but they’ve also got their sights set on the design scene. Leading British designer Tom Dixon opened his LA showroom in Culver City earlier this year, and a nearby interior design office is in the works. Next spring, Shoreditch-based designer Lee Broom – who is already stocked in the Beverly Boulevard store Twentieth – follows suit with a concession in both Santa Barbara’s Garde and A+R Store in the Row development of Downtown LA.

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This is a very intimate evening with Ken reading to grandchildren by candlelight. It is the first time anyone has heard this story...and (as he says) "it is a thousand years old". Upstairs in his log barn that looks very much like a longhouse in the low light, Ken tells his new tale. The Sea Lion. It is a Northwest Indian story about young Eemook, the Sea Cliff Tribe's crippled spoonmaker. Lowly Eemook was nearly cast into the sea at birth because his mother has died, but was spared by the chief. The misshapen boy achieves manhood by piercing the veil of enchantment laid upon his tribe by an evil and powerful spirit. Kesey paints vivid portraits with his words: revealing Eemook as lively and courageous; fiercely jealous Chief Gawgawnee; Shoola, his daughter, whose friendship with Eemook defies her father's command; and Um-Lalagic, the boy's adoptive grandmother, who makes shadow dances to soothe children and sees truth clearly. Kesey's text is rhythmic and powerful with sinewy strength in the narrative. Although this tale is told in the tradition of the Northwest Indians rather than coming from their lore, it weaves a powerful spell that leads readers to a magical sense of time and place.

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In the late 1980's Ken Kesey called his editor about his upcoming book "The Further Inquiry." He wanted film of Neal Cassady to be added to the book in the form of flip pictures (they move as you flip through the pages of the book). His editor said that was impossibly expensive but jokingly said that he would do it if Ken brought Further (the 1939 school bus decaying in his field) to the American Booksellers Association Convention in Las Vegas. Ken simply answered "OK, he will bring Further....He had spotted another bus for sale the day before and had been itching to have a new bus lately, as it had been 30 years since the last one died. He bought the bus, fixed it up and began painting it in wild colors. The local news happened to come to the farm and filmed some of the progress of this new project. That night the news reported that "Ken Kesey has restored the original 1937 bus and is taking it to the Smithsonian Institution Museum". Even the Merry Prankster himself could not have dreamed up such a perfect prank, soon network television crews, newspaper and magazine reporters were showing up asking if they could come along for the ride...Ken said "SURE...get on the bus" This video chronicles a new chapter in the legacy of Kesey, the Merry Pranksters the psychedelic bus, FURTHER. Staring Ken and the Pranksters with special guests Timothy Leary, Robert Hunter, Hunter S. Thompson, Bill Walton, The Grateful Dead, John Barlow, and a cast of thousands...all caught in the web of the greatest prank ever.
About 2 hours