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Tom Wolfe

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Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe, Jr. (born March 2, 1931) is an American author and journalist, best known for his association and influence over the New Journalism literary movement in which literary techniques are used in objective, even-handed journalism. Beginning his career as a reporter he soon became one of the most culturally significant figures of the sixties after the publication of books such as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and his collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. His first novel, The Bonfire of the ... more »

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  • ''The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.''
    Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, September 8, 1988).
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  • It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved...
    Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. journalist, author. "Jonestown," ch. 2, In Our Time (1980).
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  • ''A cult is a religion with no political power.''
    Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. journalist, author. "Jonestown," ch. 2, In Our Time (1980).
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  • ''Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style; in its heart it is part of Society and its traditions—Politics, like Rock, Pop, and Camp, has its uses.''
    Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. Essay originally published in New York (June 8, 1970). Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak-Catchers (19...
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  • ''On Wall Street he and a few others—how many?—three hundred, four hundred, five hundred?—had become precisely that ... Masters of the Universe.''
    Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. The Bonfire of the Vanities, ch. 1 (1979).
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Best Poem of Tom Wolfe

Like the River

Why are you absent in the night, my love?
Where are you when the bells ring in the night?
Now, there are bells again,
How strange to hear the bells
In this vast, sleeping city!
Now, in a million little towns,
Now in the dark and lonely places of this earth,
Small bells are ringing out the time!
O my dark soul,
My child, my darling, my beloved,
Where are you now,
And in what place,
And in what time?
Oh, ring, sweet bells, above him
While he sleeps!
I send my love to you upon those bells.

Strange time, forever lost,
Forever ...

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