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Tom Wolfe - RIP
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:54:05 am »
From The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test to The Right Stuff to The Bonfire of the Vanities, to me he is one of the great American writers of the second half of the last century. His essay on the Radical Chic is just as true today as it was upon it's release.
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Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 11:02:50 am »
The Right Stuff is absolutely amazing. I need to go read that again.


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Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 11:17:55 am »
Horrible news.

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Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 11:36:15 am »
The Right Stuff is absolutely amazing. I need to go read that again.


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Its one of my all time favorites.

Hell of a writer.

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 01:38:07 pm »
Its one of my all time favorites.

Hell of a writer.
Kingdom of Speech was one of my favorites, but I agree with the conclusion ... great writer.
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Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2018, 04:16:08 pm »
It isn't my favorite but My Three Stooges was terrific. I could understand Irving, Mailer and Updike critiquing A Man in Full, but Updike saying that it is not literature and Irving saying that Wolfe can't write makes no sense.
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Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2018, 06:22:05 pm »
I remember reading the essay that contained the excerpt below in a freshman English course.   

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"In everyday life in New York-- just the usual, getting to work, working in massively congested areas like 42nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Lexington, especially now that the Pan-Am Building is set there, working in cubicles such as those in the editorial offices at Time-Life, Inc., which Dr. Hall cites as typical of New York's poor handling of space, working in cubicles with low ceilings and, often, no access to a window, while construction crews all over Manhattan drive everybody up the Masonite wall with air-pressure generators with noises up to the boil-a-brain decibel levels, then rushing to get home, piling into subways and trains, fighting for time and space, the usual day in New York-- the whole now-normal thing keeps shooting jolts of adrenaline into the body, breaking down the body's defenses and winding up with the work-a-daddy human animal stroked out at the breakfast table with his head apoplexed like a cauliflower out of his $6.95 semispread Pima-cotton shirt and nosed over into a plate of No-Kloresto egg substitute, signing off with the black thrombosis, cancer, kidney, liver, or stomach failure, and the adrenals ooze to a halt, the size of eggplants in July."


Wolfe, T (1968). O Rotten Gotham. Taken from Crossroads: Creative Writing Exercises in Four Genres, (p. 15).

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Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2018, 03:12:29 pm »
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Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2018, 02:01:41 pm »
I remember reading the essay that contained the excerpt below in a freshman English course.   

Count the periods.

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Re: Tom Wolfe - RIP
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2018, 01:50:49 pm »
The Right Stuff is absolutely amazing. I need to go read that again.


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Me, too.