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The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel (Paperback)

by Tom Wolfe

Paucity of Art in the Age of Big Data: A Dispatch from San Francisco 32

My quest to find the great tech novel -- something sprawling and social and occurring inside the Teach-Up and outside the restaurant and around the home of the displaced shopowner and the H1B-visa programmer -- is in itself a kind of solutionism. Novels are captured social data. You want a snapshot of nineteenth century French provincial bourgeois life? There’s an app for that: it's called Flaubert. And that's before we consider the novel as an aggregator of human data of the biggest, most nebulous kind. You want a map of the human heart? Whose heart? What century? There's an app for that too.

The Incredible Shrinking Class Structure 0

Wolfe Goes Back to Wall Street 0

There Is a Miami Beyond This Miami: On Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe 14

Miami is a veritable treasure chest of weird. Hell, they eat people’s faces here. They overdose on bugs. They alternately molest and cockblock manatees. Wolfe, who loves realism, should’ve been able to uncover these things and more.

Timing Is Everything: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 3

There are few iron facts in the crapshoot of the literary life, but here’s one: In book publishing — no less than in music, war, and sex — timing is everything.

Guilty Pleasures: Julie Salamon's The Devil's Candy & Wendy and the Lost Boys 0

Author Julie Salamon is blessed with that rare talent for not missing the forest for the trees while at the same time being able to see the trees.

The Millions Interview: Peter Mountford 4

The world most people live in has more in common with The Office than, say, Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!. But think of how uncommon it is to read a book about someone’s office job. Then count how often a debut author gets compared to Faulkner.

The Germs They Carried 0

The Millions Quiz: Nightstand Reader 13