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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.

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  1. Profile photo of Rightfromthestart Thatcher
    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.

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    • June 21, 2013 at 3:57 am
  2. Profile photo of Giantkiller Member

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

    • #2
    • June 21, 2013 at 4:23 am
  3. Profile photo of Johnny Dubya Member

    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.

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    • June 21, 2013 at 5:34 am
  4. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Member

    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”. 

    • #4
    • June 21, 2013 at 5:40 am
  5. Profile photo of Deacon Blues Inactive

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

    • #5
    • June 21, 2013 at 7:10 am
  6. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member

    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!!!!!
    • #6
    • June 21, 2013 at 7:21 am
  7. Profile photo of Jack Dunphy Contributor

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

    • #7
    • June 21, 2013 at 7:32 am
  8. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    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

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    • June 21, 2013 at 7:39 am
  9. Profile photo of Sisyphus Member

    Excellent! Looking forward to it!

    • #9
    • June 21, 2013 at 7:44 am
  10. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

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

    • #10
    • June 21, 2013 at 7:45 am
  11. Profile photo of Jack Dunphy Contributor

    Does he have another novel in him?

    • #11
    • June 21, 2013 at 7:51 am
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    Peter Robinson Post author

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

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    • #12
    • June 21, 2013 at 7:55 am
  13. Profile photo of Western Chauvinist Member

    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.

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    • June 21, 2013 at 8:07 am
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    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.

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    • June 21, 2013 at 8:52 am
  15. Profile photo of Susan in Seattle Member

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

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    • June 21, 2013 at 9:38 am
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    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.

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    • June 21, 2013 at 9:44 am
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    Susan in Seattle: Are you sure that’s not “Wolfefully” underdressed? · 6 minutes ago

    Oh Susan, DVJ in Seattle is groaning!

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    • June 21, 2013 at 9:48 am
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    Susan in Seattle: Are you sure that’s not “Wolfefully” underdressed? · 6 minutes ago

    Oh Susan, DVJ in Seattle is groaning!

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    • June 21, 2013 at 9:49 am
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    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. 

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    • June 21, 2013 at 10:26 am
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    Susan in Seattle: Are you sure that’s not “Wolfefully” underdressed? · 18 hours ago
    Most men cannot wear a white suit. A white suit is not something one puts on but rather one must take on; a sartorial challenge that cannot beassumed lightly, on a lark, but as on a mission.
    • #21
    • June 22, 2013 at 5:35 am
  21. Profile photo of Guruforhire Member

    I am going to have to get an ivory linen suit now.

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    • June 24, 2013 at 5:55 am