The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and the Pump House Gang

Short Reviews:

by Tom Wolfe. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $5.95 each. Mr. Wolfe’s frenetic (or Kerouacian) style works erratically in the reports and sketches that make up the gang, but serves him well in the acid test, which is a long, careful study of a group of drug-taking California aesthetes. Style also tends to obscure the fact that Mr. Wolfe is a shrewd social observer with a quick, harsh eye for psychological disaster areas.