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The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel (Paperback)

by Tom Wolfe

The League of Extraordinary Critics 0

Hume was sued after putting George Plimpton in a chokehold, convinced that one of the dilettante’s witticisms was cribbed from a Martial epigram. Hume wouldn’t release him until two Commentary editors and William Styron assured him that the bon mot was most definitely a Plimpton original.

Rich People Problems: On Jay McInerney's 'Bright, Precious Days' 2

That sound you hear in the background is the world’s smallest violin playing “New York, New York.”

Bill Cunningham's Proustian Eye 1

Cunningham often said he was looking for beauty, and he believed that it could be found anywhere. Like the great novelists, he taught us how to see other people, and the world.

The Book Report: Episode 20: Summer Reading 1

Not discussed in this episode: Beaches, the coming zombie apocalypse, the coming mummy apocalypse, the coming Frankenstein apocalypse, the coming Tom Wolfe apocalypse.

Alive with Disagreement and Dissent: On A.O. Scott, Politics, and Art 3

It is natural to hope, even if that hope is somewhat against the weight of experience, that artists can light the path ahead.

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 15

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