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Tom Wolfe, R.I.P.

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I freely confess to not being a fan of Tom Wolfe,  finding his body of work uneven.    Richard Brookhiser obviously liked him a lot more than I did and has penned a nice look at him,  here.

Michael Lewis has a more  autobiographical view.   John Podhoretz tells us  why Wolfe  was at his best writing about New York and New Yorkers.

UPDATE:  Monica Showalter says Wolfe  never got  a Nobel prize because he made the Left look stupid.

 

 

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May 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm

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You should be…

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…a fan of Clarice Feldman,  that is.   She wields a pointed pen,  and this interview reveals  that she writes so beautifully because she thinks so beautifully.   The lady is as interesting to listen to as she is to read.

 

 

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March 3, 2018 at 2:38 pm

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Sue Grafton, R.I.P.

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Sue Grafton was a Louisville girl who  made it good,  big time,  but she appears to have remained an incredibly nice human being despite her fame as an author of spy/mystery novels.

She is best known for her series featuring investigator Kinsey Millhone,  with each book featuring a letter of the alphabet,  with the first published in 1982,  and the “Y” novel released just this past August.   How sad there will be no “Z” volume.   She wrote well while weaving interesting tales.   She will be missed.

 

 

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December 31, 2017 at 3:35 pm

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Terry Pratchett, R.I.P.

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The author was famous for his colorful and satirical Discworld series,  died in 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.   Sir Terry wanted  “whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers,  to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all”.

Fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman,  Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator,  recently undertook the execution of this request,  and has posted  the results  of the steamroller’s passage.

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August 31, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Kate O’Beirne, R.I.P.

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I never had the opportunity  meet Kate  O’Beirne,  but I did hear her speak in person once,  and she was most impressive.   Judging by all the reminiscences  of her,  she was as kind and beloved in her personal life as she was engaging and ferocious on air and in print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by timeforthorns

April 25, 2017 at 1:58 pm