Arriving in the San Francisco garage where the Pranksters are waiting for Ken Kesey in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Tom Wolfe engages in a discussion on metaphysics with “Hassler” (Ron Bivert). What follows is Bergsonian. Henri Bergson’s theory of Aristotlean comedy in Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic (1901) states that “Society will…be suspicious of all inelasticity of character, of mind and even of body, because it is the possible sign of a slumbering activity as well as of an activity with separatist tendencies, that inclines to swerve from the common centre round which society gravitates: in short it is the sign of eccentricity” (19; italics in original).
Narbonne, Andre. (2016). Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test as Bergsonian Satire. THE EXPLICATOR, 74 (3), 1-2.