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Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 10:29:50 -0600
From: James Jordan 
Subject: RE: (urth) Question about a different novelist named Wolfe

Now there's yet another one: Tom Wolfe. You know, thinking about it, the 
madhouse scene in *Free Live Free* might be inspired by Tom Wolfe. It's 
like the kinds of things he writes about.


At 10:22 AM 1/24/2003, you wrote:
>Christopher Culver  wrote:
> >On the bookshelves (at least when some of his books are misshelved in
> >the Fiction section), Gene Wolfe sits by the early 20th-century writer
> >Thomas Wolfe. Has anyone read any of Thomas Wolfe's work? Would you
> >recommend it? I've always been intrigued for some reason by Thomas
> >Wolfe's intimidatingly large books, and wonder what sort of experience
> >reading him is.
>I've read (very little) Tom Wolfe: _The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test_,
>_Bonfire of the Vanities_, _From Bauhuas to Our House_, and _The
>Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby_.  Based on that
>he's an easy read, good style, interesting topics.  He started in
>journalism and his subjects tend to be contemporary people in
>interesting or extraordinary situations.
>In some ways he's almost the opposite of Gene Wolfe.  Gene writes
>very dense, difficult, rather pessimistic stories about times
>and places far away where everything is strange and decayed.
>Thomas writes brighter stories in contemporary settings where
>people cope pretty well.  He'll probably be remembered as one
>of the best American novelists of the 20th century.
> >Christopher Culver 
>    - tom
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