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Literary Road Trippin'

Summertime is humming along at full tilt, and if you’re anything like us, you can hear the open road beckoning in the July breeze.  That’s right, ’tis the season for the great American road trip, and luckily it’s never been easier to blend your warm-weather wanderlust and year-round bibliomania into one amazing August adventure.  146 more words

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The Top Shelf: Part 1

Since I can’t reach the top shelf of my bookcase, this list actually includes titles from the second-from-the-top-shelf. However, for various reasons they have earned that spot, placed there with all the honor and distinction of a “top shelf” book. 975 more words

Narrative Nonfiction

PODCAST: Tom Wolfe's Third Great Awakening: Revisited and Revamped

It’s been 40 years since Tom Wolfe penned, “The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening”. What’s changed? What’s stayed the same? Let’s find out. Click and listen… … 9 more words

Literary License

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

As a little girl, I spent many an afternoon wading through my parents’ wedding and honeymoon album. They were married in the 1980s and I always loved the smiles on their faces and the incredibly outlandish outfits worn by the bride, groom and their guests. 343 more words



Okay, let’s see a show of hands. (Work with me here.) When you read the title, how many of you immediately thought of the two-word lead in? 445 more words


Hippies, Beats and Boredom

I just finished Ted Morgan’s rather long biography of William Burroughs. For a guy who shot his wife dead and was a heroin addict most of his life, not to mention a weird sort of homosexual avatar, Burroughs had many glittering friends and a remarkably dull life. 883 more words


Tom Wolfe: "'If you become indignant, this elevates you to the plane of “intellectual.”"

“If you become indignant, this elevates you to the plane of “intellectual.” No mental activity is required. It is a rule, to which there has never been an exception, that when an actor or a television performer rises up to the microphone at one of these awards ceremonies and expresses moral indignation over something, he illustrates Marshall McLuhan’s dictum that “moral indignation is a standard strategy for endowing the idiot with dignity.””

– Tom Wolfe, here

Politics/Current Events