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The City of Change

By 9/11, New York was already a different world.

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Eunuchs of the Universe

As America teeters on a cliff, Tom Wolfe draws up a searing indictment of our unscrupulous financial collapse.
Jan 2013
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The Running of the Billionaires

In an excerpt from his novel, “Back to Blood,” Tom Wolfe sees Art Basel Miami Beach through the eyes of a young Cuban-American exile, as she watches a local tycoon and a Russian oligarch lock horns over erotic conceptual art.

Nov 2012
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The Building That Isn’t There

Tom Wolfe’s contribution to the effort to save 2 Columbus Circle.

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The First Tycoon of Teen

Tom Wolfe looks into the twisted but brilliant mind of a 23-year-old Phil Spector.

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Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

Jun 1970
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The (Naked) City and the Undead

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One Giant Leap to Nowhere

Why the American space program died the moment the foot of Apollo 11’s Commander Neil Armstrong touched the surface of the Moon in 1969.

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The Rich Have Feelings, Too

Losing billions is stressful, and the brave financiers who risk other people’s money need a way to cool out—hopping on the GV, say, for a bimbo-boffing weekend in the Bahamas. Thanks to the bailout, that’s history. The author imagines one fictional highflier’s shock as he rejoins the commercial-aviation herd.

Sep 2009
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Pell-Mell

Since you asked … the American idea was born at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 1803, the moment Thomas Jefferson sprang the so-called pell-mell on the new British ambassador, Anthony Merry, at dinner in the White House. Oh, this was no inadvertent faux pas. This was faux pas aforethought. Jefferson obviously loved the prospect of dumbfounding the great Brit and leaving him speechless, furious, seething, so burned up that smoke would start coming out of his ears. And all that the pell-mell did.

Nov 2007
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The Tinkerings of Robert Noyce

How the Sun Rose on the Silicon Valley.

Dec 1983
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The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!

Now one of America’s most legendary authors, Tom Wolfe broke out onto the national literary scene at age thirty-four with this breathless piece—an early step in the so-called New Journalism, a first reference for the term “good ol’ boy,” a deep breath into the future of the New South.

Mar 1965
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A City Built of Clay

An exile from Webster Groves, Clay Felker saw a town of power mongers, status seekers, yipsters, bagels, art birds, and hot pants. New York would never look at itself the same way again.

Jul 2008
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The Birth of “The New Journalism”

Participant Reveals Main Factors Leading to Demise of the Novel, Rise of New Style Covering Events.

Feb 1972
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The “Me” Decade and the Third Great Awakening

The new alchemical dream is: changing one’s personality—remaking, remodeling, elevating, and polishing one’s very self … and observing, studying, and doting on it. (Me!)

Aug 1976
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Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s

It’s a tricky business, integrating new politics with tried and true social motifs.

Jun 1970
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Robert Noyce and His Congregation

Aug 1997
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The Pirate Pose

Twenty years after The Bonfire of the Vanities, the author checks in on the new masters of the universe and finds them even coarser and ruder than their predecessors could have ever imagined being.

Apr 2007