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Earlier Today on the Isle of Manhattoes

Tom Wolfe, looking with alarm at a man who is woefully underdressed.*

*Mr. Wolfe was kind enough to permit us to record Uncommon Knowledge in his apartment–which, however, proved tricky for the camera crew. To give me an obstructed view of Camera #1, I’m explaining here, Mr. Wolfe will need to lean to the right during my introduction. We quickly learned that Tom Wolfe is not only the nation’s greatest living prose stylist but a very, very good sport.

  1. Rightfromthestart
    Nick Stuart: No matter what the critics said, I liked Bonfire of the Vanities. · 6 hours ago

    The book was excellent, I was reading it in the middle of the Tawana  Brawley hoax, it was almost word for word with the daily news but they made a total hash of the movie, not Wolfe’s fault.  

  2. Giantkiller

    Now you’re talking! Can’t wait for this Uncommon Knowledge – well done, Peter.

  3. Johnny Dubya

    Count me as another admirer. To this day, I can never hear the phrase “honor student” without thinking of “Bonfire”. I will never watch the film because I don’t want to soil the memory of one of my favorite novels.

  4. Benjamin Glaser

    I loved “I am Charlotte Simmons” as well as “A Man in Full”. I am still waiting on my local library to acquire “Back to Blood”. 

  5. Deacon Blues

    When can we get Uncommon Knowledge as a Ricochet podcast, Peter?

  6. Misthiocracy

    Didja ask any questions about his guest appearance on The Simpsons?

    Talk about being a good sport!

    Lisa: (gasps) It’s Tom Wolfe! He uses more exclamation points than any other major American writer. Tom Wolfe: It’s true!!!!!
  7. Jack Dunphy
    C

    I’m deeply envious, Peter. O, to have a sit-down with Tom Wolfe.

  8. flownover

    Soothsayer. Bonfire was prescient on so many counts.

    Rightfromthestart

    Nick Stuart: No matter what the critics said, I liked Bonfire of the Vanities. · 6 hours ago

    The book was excellent, I was reading it in the middle of the Tawana  Brawley hoax, it was almost word for word with the daily news but they made a total hash of the movie, not Wolfe’s fault.   · 3 hours ago

  9. Sisyphus

    Excellent! Looking forward to it!

  10. Nick Stuart

    No matter what the critics said, I liked Bonfire of the Vanities.

  11. Jack Dunphy
    C

    Does he have another novel in him?

  12. Peter Robinson
    C

    Thanks to Ricochet contributor Joe Malchow, who was with us today, here’s a better one:

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  13. Western Chauvinist

    Woefully underdressed. Heh. When you’re sitting opposite Dapper, you’re in an impossible position. Sorry Peter.

    Tom Wolfe is a patriot*. If they published the phone book under his byline, I’d read it just to prove my admiration and affection. Luckily he wrote The Right Stuff, so I don’t have to.

    Although I’ve never watched an UncK I didn’t enjoy, I’m especially looking forward to this one! 

    *Hope this doesn’t get him audited.

  14. Totus Porcus
    Peter Robinson: Tom Wolfe, looking with alarm at a man who is woefully underdressed.*

    Wouldn’t that pretty much be everyone?

    One of my Wolfe favorite essays is “Two Young Men Who Went West” about the founding of Silicon Valley, in Hooking Up.  Hard to imagine it happening these days; instead the EPA and OSHA would be all over the horribly unsafe conditions in Packard’s garage. 

  15. Susan in Seattle

    Are you sure that’s not “Wolfefully” underdressed?

  16. Foxman
    Nick Stuart: No matter what the critics said, I liked Bonfire of the Vanities. · 13 hours ago

    The critics liked the book, but not the movie.  I agree with the critics which is unusual.

  17. Ned Walton
    Susan in Seattle: Are you sure that’s not “Wolfefully” underdressed? · 6 minutes ago

    Oh Susan, DVJ in Seattle is groaning!

  18. Ned Walton
    Susan in Seattle: Are you sure that’s not “Wolfefully” underdressed? · 6 minutes ago

    Oh Susan, DVJ in Seattle is groaning!

  19. James Lileks
    C

    I interviewed him years ago about architecture and colleges. The essence of charm, civility, humor, and concision. Loved “Back to Blood,” too. To be a novelist of such skill AND write the two best broadsides about modern art – well, most of us would settle for either, and the reason we can’t complain that he did both has a great deal to do with the quality of the man himself. 

  20. Misthiocracy
    Deacon Blues: When can we get Uncommon Knowledge as a Ricochet podcast, Peter? · 5 hours ago

    It already is a podcast:

    Uncommon Knowledge – Audio Edition

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/uncommon-knowledge-audio-edition/id384420950

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