Skip to comments.Tom Wolfe, Author of ‘The Right Stuff,’ and 'Bonfire of the Vanities' Dead at Age 87
Posted on 05/15/2018 8:19:19 AM PDT by ethom
Tom Wolfe, the white suit wearing iconic author of works such as Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff has died on Tuesday in New York City.
Well, golly. That’s too bad. Clever guy.
Damn, one of my favorite authors. RIP sir ...
From Bauhaus to our House... loved that guy
I was watching YouTube clips last night of interviews with him. Very significant fellow in my opinion. Had his head on pretty straight.
Tom Wolfe got me wearing white suits back in the day.
Very good writer. R.I.P.
I actually met and spoke with him for a little while. I told him about GK Chesterton, he was intrigued and asked quite a few questions. Loved his work. He will be missed.
Ah, a real loss. My favorite book , Bonfire of the Vanities, while reading you either, smirked, cried or peed yourself laughing. The best ever was the horse breeding scene with the upscale New York guests watching, or maybe when the Feds confiscated his G5. Think I will read it again.
I’m reading his “Back to Blood” right now ... of course, because the internet takes up so much of my ‘free’ time, I’ve been reading it for the past few months. He really was a good writer. May he find eternal rest.
I’m sorry. That’s too bad. I loved The Right Stuff.
The horse breeding scene wasn’t in “Bonfire”.
The 1990 Brian Depalma film is considered one of the biggest disasters in Hollywood history. I’ve never seen it.
Not to mention the overstated The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby
Good writer. Enjoyed The Right Stuff. RIP Tom.
BTW. Chuck Yeager, well I to his 90s, is still with us
by Tom Wolfe
Going downtown to mau-mau the bureaucrats got to be the routine practice in San Francisco. The poverty program encouraged you to go in for mau-mauing. They wouldn't have known what to do without it. The bureaucrats at City Hall and in the Office of Economic Opportunity talked "ghetto" all the time, but they didn't known any more about what was going on in the Western Addition, Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, the Mission, Chinatown, or south of Market Street than they did about Zanzibar. They didn't know where to look. They didn't even know who to ask. So what could they do? Well ... they used the Ethnic Catering Service ... right ... They sat back and waited for you to come rolling in with your certified angry militants, your guaranteed frustrated ghetto youth, looking like a bunch of wild men. Then you had your test confrontation. If you were outrageous enough, if you could shake up the bureaucrats so bad that their eyes froze into iceballs and their mouths twisted up into smiles of sheer physical panic, into shit-eating grins, so to speak--then they knew you were the real goods. They knew you were the right studs to give the poverty grants and community organizing jobs to. Otherwise they wouldn't know.
There was one genius in the art of confrontation who had mau-mauing down to what you could term a laboratory science. He had it figured out so he didn't even have to bring his boys downtown in person. He would just show up with a crocus sack full of revolvers, ice picks, fish knives, switchblades, hatchets, blackjacks, gravity knives, straight razors, hand grenades, blow guns, bazookas, Molotov cocktails, tank rippers, unbelievable stuff, and he'd dump it all out on somebody's shiny walnut conference table. He'd say "These are some of the things I took off my boys last night ... I don't know, man ... Thirty minutes ago I talked a Panther out of busting up a cop ..." And they would lay money on this man's ghetto youth patrol like it was now or never ... The Ethnic Catering Service, the bureaucrats felt like it was all real. They'd say to themselves, "We've given jobs to a hundred of the toughest hard-core youth in Hunters Point. The problem is on the way to being solved." They never inquired if the bloods they were giving the jobs were the same ones who were causing the trouble. They'd say to themselves, "We don't have to find them. They find us" ... Once the Ethnic Catering Service was on the case, they felt like they were reaching all those hard-to-reach hard-to-hold hardcore hardrock blackrage badass furious funky ghetto youth.
Bonfire of the Vanities woke some people up.
The Victorian-American version of The Thin White Duke.