Tom Wolfe signing tip-in pages for his letterpress edition of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test at his home in New York City, 2016
A fond farewell to Tom Wolfe, a writer dear to many in the TASCHEN universe. A flamboyant stylist (both on the page and off), generous and gentlemanly (to all except those he skewered on the page), he inspired us with his wit, his rigor, and his utter originality.
In 2016 we were honored to publish our first collaboration with him, an adaptation of his classic book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. It was a joy to spend hours with him at his apartment combing through his archive for treasures to include in the new letterpress edition: like notebooks of original interviews with Merry Pranksters, with loopy, expressive drawings punctuating the pages of his classic scrawl. And it was an even greater joy to see the look on his face when he opened the book for the first time. Hats off to you, Mr. Wolfe.