Tom Wolfe, pioneering "New Journalist" and novelist, RIP


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/15/tom-wolfe-pioneering-new-jo.html


#2

“Bonfire of the Vanities” was so good. It was one of the first “adult” books I read when I was a kid, about 11. I didn’t understand it, but I remember reaching the end and being profoundly sad and angry. When I read it again later in college, I finally understood it, but the same feeling of sadness and anger enveloped me.


#3

A Man in Full is still on my list of most readable fiction.


#4

The Right Stuff is a goddamn masterpiece.


#5

“Tom Wolfe, pioneering “New Journalist” and novelist”

And a snappy dresser.


#6

Seriously, how many people could pull off the all-white suit for decades on end?


#7

No surprise to me that Buckley and TNR would promote his flashy, but fundamentally conservative work.


#8

What’s with the black suit, white shirt, black tie outfit you always wear? Do you have anything else in your closet?
I’ve got four black suits that I circulate, and they are my cemetery clothes — my uniform that keeps me ready for battle.

Your cemetery clothes?
It’s ready to die, brother. If I drop dead, I am coffin-ready. I got my tie, my white shirt, everything. Just fix my Afro nice in the coffin.