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"Drink the Kool-Aid" is a slang term originating in United States, and connoting unthinking acceptance of propaganda or a cult of personality.

The phrase originated in the mass homicide/suicide that took place at the Reverend Jim Jones' People's Temple, when devotees of his cult drank Kool-Aid laced with cyanide.

The first reference to the phrase "Drink the Kool-Aid" was entered on urban dictionary in 2005, and it seemed to become a more widely used catch phrase around the time of the 2008 Elections. Although the origins of the phrase were highly sinister, indicating slavish devotion to a charismatic leader, it can be applied to much milder devotions, for example, someone could be said to be "Drinking the Kool-Aid" when being a fan of using Apple products.

The phrase came into popular use thirty years after the events that inspired it. Most people who use the phrase probably either were…




Crazy people invite me to lunch.

They forget their sentences mid-word. They tear at their unsliced personal pizzas holding knives and forks, unsure how to assert those unfamiliar implements against usually fingered food, imaging the wedges that might have been, then making eye contact again, picking up a thread of conversation from the ether and continuing utterly unaware of their non-sequitur. Subjects shift between all the topics your grandmother advised you against.…

The Fault on Our Stars
By John Green
Dutton Books, 2012


The Fault in Our Stars is a young adult novel about teenagers dying of cancer. If this sounds grim, well, sometimes it is. However, it is also often funny, interesting, intelligent, and touching.

Hazel has some serious cancer going on, although it is currently in remission. Aside from being tethered to an oxygen tank and feeling…