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The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight: Wolfe, Mailer, Didion and the New Journalism Revolution
Marc Weingarten
1400049148
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Today, it's routine for writers to go undercover to get a story; precedent for such experiential reportage really took off in the 1960s. It took outside-the-box reporters like Hunter S. Thompson to ride with the Hell's Angels, or Tom Wolfe to drop acid with Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, or John Sack and Michael Herr to go to Vietnam with the grunts to tell it like it really was. This "New Journalism," described as "journalism that reads like fiction and rings with the truth of reported fact," started a revolution in the publishing world, reviving old magazines (Esquire) and inventing new ones (Rolling Stone; New York). Freelance journalist Weingarten tells this story in loosely chronological fashion, pausing to highlight key writers (Thompson, Wolfe, Mailer, Didion, Breslin) and editors (particularly Clay Felker)...


The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Tom Wolfe
0553380648
October 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
They say if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. But, fortunately, Tom Wolfe was there, notebook in hand, politely declining LSD while Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters fomented revolution, turning America on to a dangerously playful way of thinking as their Day-Glo conveyance, Further, made the most influential bus ride since Rosa Parks's. By taking On the Road's hero Neal Cassady as his driver on the cross-country revival tour and drawing on his own training as a magician, Kesey made Further into a bully pulpit, and linked the beat epoch with hippiedom. Paul McCartney's Many Years from Now cites Kesey as a key influence on his trippy Magical Mystery Tour film. Kesey temporarily renounced his literary magic for the cause of "tootling the multitudes"--making a spectacle of himself--and Prankster Robert Stone had to...


You Can't Go Home Again
Thomas Wolfe
0060930055
Sept 1998
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Book Review
This novel was the last Thomas Wolfe finished before his untimely death at age 37. In its brilliance, we find more cause to wish he had lived longer. As with his other novels, You Can't Go Home Again is an extremely personal work, but in the character of George Webber, a writer, Wolfe sees and captures America and the world in an dramatic time in history. The time is the period just before the great stock market crash and it stretches through the Depression and into Germany during the rise of Nazis. And the writer of course is Wolfe, who takes us on a ride through America never seen before--one with sharp insight and breathtaking flair.

-- The New Yorker
"Wolfe wrote as one inspired. No one of his generations has his command of language, his passion, his energy."


The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger
Stephen King
0451210840
July 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Thirty-three years, a horrific and life-altering accident, and thousands of desperately rabid fans in the making, Stephen King's quest to complete his magnum opus rivals the quest of Roland and his band of gunslingers who inhabit the Dark Tower series. Loyal DT fans and new readers alike will appreciate this revised edition of The Gunslinger, which breathes new life into Roland of Gilead, and offers readers a "clearer start and slightly easier entry into Roland's world."

King writes both a new introduction and foreword to this revised edition, and the ever-patient, ever-loyal "constant reader" is rewarded with secrets to the series's inception. That a "magic" ream of green paper and a Robert Browning poem, came together to reveal to King his "ka" is no real surprise (this is King after all), but who would have thought...



Tom Wolfe Carves Wood Spirits and Walking Sticks
Tom Wolfe
0887404413
September 1992
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Book Description
Legend has it that the forest of the world are inhabited by elusive creatures known as "Wood Spirits." Tom Wolfe finds them everywhere and brings them to life in this delightful new instructional book. Using found wood such as driftwood, roots, and old beams from dilapidated barns, he leads the reader through the carving of wondrous, fanciful faces, that are both enchanting and beautiful. On a smaller scale, Tom also finds the Wood Spirits in walking sticks, creating treasures that are handsome and functional at the same time. Tom has been carving these Spirits for years, and they are constantly in demand. Now he leads the carver, step-by-step, through their creation, each step illustrated in beautiful color photographs. An extensive gallery is included, jam-packed with examples and ideas for the reader's own work. ...


Thomas Wolfe Interviewed 1929-1938
Aldo P. Magi
0807127949
Dec 1985
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The first complete version of Mannerhouse will be of more interest to Wolfe scholars than to theater professionals. (Harper and Brothers published a heavily edited text in 1948.) Editor Rubin affirms in the introduction that its importance ``lies not in its success, or lack of it, as an actable, readable play, but in its being a milestone along the way to Look Homeward, Angel. '' The play concerns the decline of an aristocratic Southern family, ruined by the Civil War. The hero is the sensitive younger son Eugene, who is a forerunner of Wolfe's most famous character, Eugene Gant. For research libraries. Thomas Wolfe Interviewed consists of 25 newspaper interviews and one magazine article with an introduction and notes. The editors have performed a small service in making them accessible, but only readers who demand...


I Am Charlotte Simmons
Tom Wolfe
0312424442
August 2005
Paperback
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Product Description: Dupont University--the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition... Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the uppercrust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

As Charlotte encounters Dupont's privileged elite--her roommate, Beverly, a Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team, whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects; the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity,...



The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe
Thomas Wolfe
0020408919
May 1989
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Wolfe's death and a suitable occasion for a retrospective. Of the 58 stories in this volume, 35 have never before been collected, and one, "The Spanish Letter," is published for the first time. Wolfe was not a short story writer; most of these fragments were plucked from his massive manuscripts, and many would be more appropriately classified as essay or memoir. "The Spanish Letter," relating the author's visits to Nazi Germany, strongly condemns the "poisoning" of German culture and society by Hitler and his followers. It's a fine piece, but elsewhere Wolfe's well-known faults are conspicuously displayed. Even one of the best known of these stories, "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn," now embarrasses with its inept attempt to reproduce a Brooklyn accent. The puerile...


Look Homeward, Angel
Thomas Wolfe
0684804433
October 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
Look Homeward, Angel is an elaborate and moving coming-of-age story about Eugene Gant, a restless and energetic character whose passion to experience life takes him from his small, rural hometown in North Carolina to Harvard University and the city of Boston. The novel's pattern is artfully simple -- a small town, a large family, high school and college -- yet the characters are monumental in their graphic individuality and personality. Through his rich, ornate prose, Wolfe evokes the extraordinarily vivid family of the Gants, and with equal detail, the remarkable peculiarities of small-town life and the pain and upheaval of a boy who must leave both. A classic work of American literature, Look Homeward, Angel is a passionate, stirring, and ...


Governing Soviet Journalism
Thomas C. Wolfe
0253345898
July 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Soviet project of creating a new culture and society entailed a plan for the modeling of "new" persons who embodied and fulfilled the promise of socialism, and this vision was expressed in the institutions of government. Using archival sources, essays, and interviews with journalists, Thomas C. Wolfe provides an account of the final four decades of Soviet history viewed through the lens of journalism and media. Whereas most studies of the Soviet press approach its history in terms of propaganda or ideology, Wolfe’s focus is on the effort to imagine a different kind of person and polity. Foucault’s concept of governmentality illuminates the relationship between the idea of the socialist person and everyday journalistic representation, from the Khrushchev period to the 1990s and the appearance of the...


A Thomas Wolfe Companion
John L. Idol, Jr.
0313238294
Aug 1987
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Specialists should be grateful to the library acquiring this convenient volume. And students at all levels could benefit from using it." Choice

About the Author
JOHN L. IDOL, JR., is Professor of English at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.


Right Stuff
Tom Wolfe
0553381350
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Tom Wolfe began The Right Stuff at a time when it was unfashionable to contemplate American heroism. Nixon had left the White House in disgrace, the nation was reeling from the catastrophe of Vietnam, and in 1979--the year the book appeared--Americans were being held hostage by Iranian militants. Yet it was exactly the anachronistic courage of his subjects that captivated Wolfe. In his foreword, he notes that as late as 1970, almost one in four career Navy pilots died in accidents. "The Right Stuff," he explains, "became a story of why men were willing--willing?--delighted!--to take on such odds in this, an era literary people had long since characterized as the age of the anti-hero."

Wolfe's roots in New Journalism were intertwined with the nonfiction novel that Truman Capote had pioneered with In Cold Blood. As ...



The Bonfire of the Vanities
Tom Wolfe
0553275976
December 1990
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
After Tom Wolfe defined the '60s in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and the cultural U-turn at the turn of the '80s in The Right Stuff, nobody thought he could ever top himself again. In 1987, when The Bonfire of the Vanities arrived, the literati called Wolfe an "aging enfant terrible."

He wasn't aging; he was growing up. Bonfire's pyrotechnic satire of 1980s New York wasn't just Wolfe's best book, it was the best bestselling fiction debut of the decade, a miraculously realistic study of an unbelievably status-mad society, from the fiery combatants of the South Bronx to the bubbling scum at the top of Wall Street. Sherman McCoy, a farcically arrogant investment banker (dubbed a "Master of the Universe," Wolfe's brilliant metaphorical co-opting of a then-important toy for...



Look Homeward, Angel
Thomas Wolfe
0613706153
Oct 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
The classic first novel from one of America's greatest men of letters"I don't know yet what I am capable of doing," wrote Thomas Wolfe at the age of twenty-three, "but, by God, I have genius -- I know it too well to blush behind it." Six years later, with the publication of Look Homeward, Angel, Wolfe gave the world proof of his genius, and he would continue to do so throughout his tumultuous life.Look Homeward, Angel is the coming-of-age story of Eugene Gant, whose restlessness and yearning to experience life to the fullest take him from his rural home in North Carolina to Harvard. Through his rich, ornate prose and meticulous attention to detail, Wolfe evokes the peculiarities of small-town life and the pain and upheaval of leaving home. Heavily autobiographical, Look Homeward, Angel is Wolfe's most turbulent and...


Mouthpiece: A Life in -- and Sometimes Just Outside -- the Law
Edward Hayes
0385511116
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Despite an effusive introduction by Tom Wolfe, who based the defense lawyer in The Bonfire of the Vanities on Hayes, many will be disappointed by this memoir. Hayes, a prominent attorney best known for his role in the Mafia cops case, has led a colorful life and deserves credit for overcoming a childhood that regularly featured beatings by his drunken father. The energetic, street-smart voice of the kid from working-class Queens who made good can be charming, but the blunt stereotypical statements and personal assessments are bound to offend: for example, "Latin women are the greatest gift God gave the world"; "she has the emotional range of a returned garment or a canceled sale at Bergdorf's." These flaws and the frequent dropping of prominent names overwhelm the genuinely dramatic experiences Hayes had - as a...


Look Homeward
David Herbert Donald
0674008693
Jan 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Thomas Wolfe was a writer who famously spewed out words upon the page in endless streams, attempting to achieve The Great American Novel by putting his own life on paper. He wrote four massive novels, combining passages of over-the-top bad writing with some of the most beautiful prose ever committed to paper. His editors Maxwell Perkins and Edward Aswell became almost as famous as Wolfe for their Herculean efforts in getting his titanic manuscripts into publishable form. Look Homeward, Angel (1929), Of Time and the River (1935), and his two posthumously published works, The Web and the Rock (1939) and You Can't Go Home Again (1940) are classics of American literature, though today entirely unfashionable. Harvard historian David Herbert Donald won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for this appreciative biography of the genius of purple...


Look Homeward, Angel
Thomas Wolfe
0684842211
July 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
The classic first novel from one of America's greatest men of letters"I don't know yet what I am capable of doing," wrote Thomas Wolfe at the age of twenty-three, "but, by God, I have genius -- I know it too well to blush behind it." Six years later, with the publication of Look Homeward, Angel, Wolfe gave the world proof of his genius, and he would continue to do so throughout his tumultuous life.Look Homeward, Angel is the coming-of-age story of Eugene Gant, whose restlessness and yearning to experience life to the fullest take him from his rural home in North Carolina to Harvard. Through his rich, ornate prose and meticulous attention to detail, Wolfe evokes the peculiarities of small-town life and the pain and upheaval of leaving home. Heavily autobiographical, Look Homeward, Angel is Wolfe's most turbulent and...


Managing A Nonprofit Organization In The Twenty-First Century
Thomas Wolf
0684849909
July 1999
Paperback
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Review
Harvey Pickerformer trustee, New York Philharmonic and United Nations Institute for Training and ResearchEvery nonprofit organization needs this book to improve its operation...Its checklists and explanations will improve the performance of even the most experienced board chairperson, CEO, treasurer, or fund raiser.
Anne Cohn DonnellyProfessor of Nonprofit Management, Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern UniversityIt is hard to believe that anyone could put everything you need to know about managing a nonprofit organization in one book, but Tom Wolf has done so.
Hodding Carter IIIPresident and CEO, the John S. and James L. Knight FoundationAs a newly arrived foundation executive, I put Wolf's volume at the top of my stack of reference books. It answers all the important questions about managing a nonprofit -- in a...

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