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Equally bitter fun are his two famous 1965 satires from the New York Herald Tribune. As always, Wolfe's titles lead you a good way into the actual stories: "Tiny Mummies! The True Story of the Ruler of 43rd Street's Land of the Walking Dead!" and "Lost in the Whichy Thickets: The New Yorker." Wolfe, clotheshorse of note, gets off some of his best cracks at the expense of New Yorker editor William Shawn's fashion sense: "He always seems to have on about twenty layers of clothes, about three button-up sweaters, four vests, a couple of shirts, two ties, it looks that way, a dark shapeless suit over the whole ensemble, and white cotton socks." The rest of the reported pieces are unexceptional, and while the novella Ambush at Fort Bragg makes the most of its setting--a Dateline-like newsmagazine--it lacks the irresistible momentum required to drag most readers into a novella. Still, it's fun to watch the author reprise his lifelong role of unlikely underdog: between his sniping at the literary elite and his mocking of the precious New Yorker set, Tom Wolfe makes like a defender of the common man. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book is a collection of essays covering a variety of topics.
I was just left with a feeling of not really knowing where he was trying to go, and found myself scratching my head a bit after I finished reading.
The reason why I loved this book was that Wolfe has built up the reputation to say the things that most of us are thinking.
Wolfe is always interesting.In the opening and title essay of this work 'Hooking Up' he amusingly and it seems to me dismayingly chronicles the new sexual morality that 'liberated'... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shalom Freedman
I love all of his books, but Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full and Back To Blood are the best onesPublished 3 months ago by T H.
The story and some of the pieces were good, but too much of the book came across as bitchy and catty personal mudslinging at other writers, editors, and publishers whose writing,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Deerfoot
I'm a great fan of Tom Wolfe, but this collection of essays was a mixed bag. I would recommend this book for Wolfe enthusiasts who have read his other books, but this is not the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by James D. Best
This book was released in the year 2000 and was subtitled as “a book for the turn of the millennium” or something. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Clem
. The title, and the first essay in the book, make it sound like a book about young kids. In fact, the other essays are about the best description and summary I have read about... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Raymond Zepp
I only read 2/3 of the book. 13 more words required, that is so stupid that I am taking this response.Published 13 months ago by James E Cravens
Whenever I read Tom will I am surprised at how engaged he is and how connected to the Zeitgeist he is. I thought The New Yorker stuff was wonderful and amazing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert Agee