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The Right Stuff (1983): Chasing the demon that lived in the air

“And I died in my boots like a pioneer

With the whole wide sky above me.”

—Stephen Vincent Benet, A Ballad of William Sycamore

Forty-five years ago, the…

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Movie Reviews

Literary Journalism: A certain kind of man

This piece is written in the style of what I have coined as “baroque journalism”. It takes inspiration from New Journalism (Wolfe et al) and contributes to the… 557 more words

Review: Bonfire of the Vanities

Finally!! I have finished the 690 pages that have haunted me for the last couple of months. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. This book and I, we didn’t have the friendliest of relationships from the start. 742 more words


Am I too immersed in this journalism style?

When I first applied to university to study journalism, I had every intention of becoming a music critic. My boyfriend at the time, was (of course) a musician and I had great notions of touring with his band, writing reviews and partying like a rockstar. 432 more words

Books briefly noted

A few quick notes on books I’ve read over the past few months:

Back to Blood
Tom Wolfe
(Little, Brown, & Co., 2012)
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Tom Wolf on Ernest Hemingway

“People always think that the reason he’s easy to read is that he is concise. He isn’t. I hate conciseness — it’s too difficult. The reason Hemingway is easy to read is that he repeats himself all the time, using ‘and’ for padding.”

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The Written Word

Wolfe: They Don't Even Buy Our Products!

“In fact, the press was so attentive that Harold Rosenberg, as well as Pollack, wondered why so little Abstract Expressionism was being bought. ‘Considering the degree to which it is publicized and feted,’ Rosenberg said, ‘vanguard painting is hardly bought at all.’ Here Rosenberg was merely betraying the art world’s blindness toward its own strategies… First you do everything possible to make sure your world is antibourgeois, that it defies bourgeois tastes, that it mystifies the mob, the public, that it outdistances the middle-class by light-years of subtlety and intellect – and then, having succeeded admirably, you ask with a sense of… 19 more words