Alexis Coe gets the back-story on who has the best copy of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test:

If anyone connected to 1960s counterculture was appearing in Northern California, Synchef showed up with The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The book was carried to countless readings, seminars, clubs, and about 140 Grateful Dead shows.

The frontispiece quickly became crowded with ink of varying thickness, with names scrawled in every direction. Jerry Garcia’s ex-wife Carolyn, who went by the moniker Mountain Girl, used a green pen, and added a heart with dashes running along the outer edge. There a peace sign, of course, and just one lone email address. Kesey turned to a less crowded leaf, joining other who had written in the margin of the title page. Jami Cassady, the middle child of Neal and Carolyn Cassady, signed the book at Kesey’s memorial at Tosca Café, a North Beach institution down the block from another, Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Books.


Try doing that with your Kindle.


[h/t to The Awl for the story…]