Yes, sadly that comes off as dismissive. I'm actually a huge fan and studied his work in journalism school years ago. I've read most everything he's ever written and regard "Bonfire of the Vanities" as a classic and very literary observation of America in the 1980s. He had an uncanny way of getting into the minds of his subjects and letting us in on their inner dialogue and selfish motivations.Only here would that be the epithet for one of the, if not "the", most important
literary voices in America of the last 50 years...
Yes, and the "me generation" too.He's also credited with "the right stuff" and "master of the universe", among many others.
Outstanding!"Yet this grim stroke of fortune brought Jane little relief.
On the day of Bud Jennings's funeral, Pete went into the back of the closet and brought out his bridge coat, per regulations. This was the most stylish item in the Navy officer's wardrobe. Pete had never had occasion to wear his before. It was a double-breasted coat made of navy-blue melton cloth and came down almost to the ankles. It must have weighed ten pounds. It had a double row of gold buttons down the front and loops for shoulder boards, big beautiful belly-cut collar and lapels, deep turnbacks on the sleeves, a tailored waist, and a center vent in back that ran from the waistline to the bottom of the coat. Never would Pete, or for that matter many other American males in the mid-twentieth century, have an article of clothing quite so impressive and aristocratic as that bridge coat."
Tom Wolfe - The Right Stuff
Condolences. It's easy to forget that our cultural heroes are real persons with friends and family. Mr. Wolfe was certainly inimitable. A Man in Full.A good friend for almost a half-century. A kind and gentle man. His sketches of shirts to be commissioned were outdone only by the detailed, often humorous accompanying descriptions. Not brown, Alex. BROWN!
I truly miss him and send my love to Sheila. A life well-lived by a man well-spoken. R.I.P. TKW