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The Purple Decades: A Reader Hardcover – September, 1982
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Of course, like many over-educated high school and college students with a rebellious streak, I loved reading Tom Wolfe when I was a kid. Oddly enough I started out with Bonfire of the Vanities but I quickly moved to The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. And then sometime in college or shortly after college I read The Right Stuff - which was arguably his best book. Ironically, that's the book where I stopped being charmed by Wolfe's Herodotus methodology of making up dialogue and painting a picture more vivid than the subjects he was interviewing. Actually it was one key scene where he describes the launch from the perspective of the monkey. There is absolutely no way that he can be in the cockpit with the monkey or even know what the monkey was thinking, but the monkey gets depicted as one of the hyperactive junkies that is having a real bad trip.
I was reminded of this scene throughout this book as every character - whether they were hippies, working class art dealers trying to break into society, gossip magazine publishers, etc. - was talking like a hyperactive tough guy full of posturing and self-deception. And while that is fun at first, it becomes very tedious after a few of these articles.Read more ›
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An exhilarating collection of Wolfe's early journalistic pieces, a candid view of the strange way things once were.
Wolfe is able to encapsulate the experience of the city with hilarious precision.Published 24 months ago by CapnPeff
Ever heard of "purple prose"? This prose is fudge-colored.
Also chock-full of some of the worst original Wolfe,"artwork", I've ever seen,(see the bookjacket for a taste). Read more