Been Down So Long spends half of its time submerged in an academic sump called Mentor University which looks like up to Gnossos Pappadopoulis (it's mostly his story), because he's high On martinis or mescaline or metaxa or grass or... Man, this is the most. Man, this is the worst, What a wild scene. And making it-- well there's Gnossos who comes back to Mentor via Mexico, where he was Searching for the Mushroom Man; and Pamela, who has one fascinating hair on her chest but nothing else there; and Heffalump, part Negro, who wants to go to Cuba (this is 1952-- he does-- and he gets shot); and a Character out of the Mafia who is called Oswald Mojo; G. Alonso Oeuf: who's in the infirmary with mono which turns out to be a dose of something else; etc. etc. Trying to achieve some Critical perspective (which is hard to do-- literally closeted in a lavatory) one can only say that this is as equidistant from On the Road as that Was from Walden's Pond. Mr. Farina is a very ""successful folk-rock singer"" and he should return to the five strings of the guitar since his fingers get stuck on four letters of the typewriter.