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Now that everybody does what Wolfe did, his early essays smack less of genius. But attention must be paid to this pioneering peek into King Pop's tomb. The most startling thing is how soberly sensible most of the prose now appears, except for the title of the first essay, "Las Vegas (What?) Las Vegas (Can't Hear You! Too Noisy) Las Vegas!!!" which anticipates the far superior Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Mostly, these articles seem like straightforward introductions to some of the signal figures of the early '60s: hot-rod designer Big Daddy Roth, surf guitarist Dick Dale, teen recording tycoon Phil Spector, Andy Warhol debutante Baby Jane Holzer, the Cassius Clay-era Muhammad Ali. We even glimpse the Beatles in a profile of the yappy DJ Murray the K in "The Fifth Beatle."
The last half of the book focuses more on New York and its denizens' endless combat for social status. The last piece, "The Big League Complex," is like a 1964 warm-up exercise for The Bonfire of the Vanities. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Might well be required reading in courses with names like American studies."--Time Magazine
"I'm always rereading Tom Wolfe's The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby."--David Gates
Wild and wacky, but with prose to make that world view sing off the page.
I love the energy and insight. Love this work.
Pretentious pap. Treats both the subject(s) and the reader with disrespect. I guess the prissy little weasel in the creamcicle suits was just that; another poseur. Yuk.Published 5 months ago by Gregory
Reading The Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby (1965) in 2015, it's hard to appreciate just how unusual Tom Wolfe's approach to writing seemed at the time, at least for... Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Buzalka
Of course Mr. Wolfe has produced another lapidary exposition on American culture, but what is so refreshing is that there is no condescending in these pieces. Vegas, hot rods, etc. Read morePublished 7 months ago by propertius
Read this year's ago. Much, much better today. Wolfe was, is and always will be the History of "our generation".Published 8 months ago by William Harper
very good, I really enjoy the history that this book has in it. I really enjoy reading this bookPublished 13 months ago by Raymond Lehberger