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Book Title: Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers|
The author of the book: Tom Wolfe
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date of issue: November 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780374246006
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Tom Wolfe, full of snark. Wolfe's best work The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, the early Esquire stories centers on character who he clearly admires. He's often called a great observer, but in truth, he's always been a better king-maker. More and more, Wolfe's tendency is to attack what he doesn't really understand. At this point, he presents himself as an aging, out-of-touch buffoon decrying oral sex and extolling the virtues of the Scotch-Irish.
"Radical Chic" is one of Wolfe's first forays into the hatchet job genre that ended up destroying his work. This one, however, is a lot of fun to read, mostly because Wolfe knows the turf (New York's media world) so well. As in Wolfe's best work, the scenes are dynamic, the prose ecstatic, and the narrative a locomotive. The only place where it goes seriously off the rails is in Wolfe's choice of a target. Instead of picking on people his own size (Bernstein, Preminger), Wolfe saves his knockout punches for New York society wives--among the easiest targets in the history of world literature. His ire may be warranted, but picking on the quietly suffering Felicia Bernstein so mercilessly feels like plain bullying.
"Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers" foreshadows the out-of-touch vitriol that would come to define Wolfe's journalism. He deploys his gifts lazily and doesn't take the time to really get to know any of the characters. It's moralism and finger-wagging judgment even as Wolfe throws off enough flourishes to keep us reading.
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Read information about the authorWolfe was educated at Washington and Lee Universities and also at Yale, where he received a PhD in American studies.
Tom Wolfe spent his early days as a Washington Post beat reporter, where his free-association, onomatopoetic style would later become the trademark of New Journalism. In books such as The Electric Koolaid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, Wolfe delves into the inner workings of the mind, writing about the unconscious decisions people make in their lives. His attention to eccentricities of human behavior and language and to questions of social status are considered unparalleled in the American literary canon.
He is one of the founders of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Tom Wolfe is also famous for coining and defining the term fiction-absolute .
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