"When are the 1970s going to begin?" ran the joke during the Presidential campaign of 1976. With his own patented combination of serious journalism ...Show synopsis"When are the 1970s going to begin?" ran the joke during the Presidential campaign of 1976. With his own patented combination of serious journalism and dazzling comedy, Tom Wolfe met the question head-on in these rollicking essays -- and even provided the 1970s with its name: "The Me Decade."Hide synopsis
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Before Wolfe started writing those dreadful novels to fund his retirement, he was one of the founders of New Journalism and the most insightful commentator on the American scene in the Sixties and Seventies. This collection includes the essays in which he coined the terms "the Me Generation" and "the RIght Stuff" (the latter originaly referred to fighter pilots flying off aircraft carriers into Vietnam). Every college frshman should read "The Intelligent Coed's Guide to America", which puts for the thesis that AMerican academics have never been opressed, so they've had to invent opression to feel relevant. Favorite line: "Fascism is always descending on America, but it only lands in Europe.
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