Anonymously penned Jefferson Airplane-referencing perma-controversial purported diary of a sixties teenager, pretty much your average football-team-captain-lusting-after girl next door until she was slipped some crazy acid courtesy of a spiked drink, causing her to ‘see’ the evil radioactive waves in jello pudding and consequently slide into depression, schizophrenia and ultimately overdose-assisted suicide. Presumably originally intended as a cautionary tale, its lurid ‘square’s eye view’ of lysergic imagery made it into an illicit cult favourite with adolescents in search of risk-free literary kicks, and can still be found in large quantities in university halls of residence to this day. Also inspired a TV Movie adaptation starring – haw – William Shatner.
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Creamguide's Pick of the Day
Perhaps vying with The Secret Life of Bob Monkhouse as the programme Creamguide’s billed more than any other, we have no hesitation in billing it yet again as it embarks on another repeat run, especially given it’s the first for a couple of years. In fact we’d argue it’s probably BBC4’s signature show, brilliantly summing up all that’s great about the channel and its wry take on social history, and you can do far worse than enjoy it again over the next three nights.
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Points of View
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