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Mauve Gloves and Madmen, Clutter and Vine By Tom Wolfe Mauve Gloves and Madmen Clutter and Vine When are the s going to begin ran the joke during the Presidential campaign of With his own patented combination of serious journalism and dazzling comedy Tom Wolfe met the question head on

  • Title: Mauve Gloves and Madmen, Clutter and Vine
  • Author: Tom Wolfe
  • ISBN: 9780374204242
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mauve Gloves and Madmen, Clutter and Vine By Tom Wolfe 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.
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    1. Jo on said:

      This makes for a nice demo tape, an EP, of Tom Wolfe s writing here he is in top form, as fast and noxious as traffic, paranoid, cynical, full of detail and onomatopoeia, the smell of the American Dream from every which way jet pilots blasting off aircraft carriers, vain Madison Avenue authors choking on their own calculators, neurotic yoga students Primal Scream ing on their hemorrhoids a big range of characters with totally different lives, and yet all who seem to speak in the same wild eyed v [...]

    2. Mark Taylor on said:

      Tom Wolfe s 1976 book Mauve Gloves Madmen, Clutter Vine, is a collection of short essays of the sort that had made Wolfe famous a decade earlier The contents are quite varied, ranging from the illustrated story The Man Who Always Peaked Too Soon, to Wolfe s first venture into fiction, the short story The Commercial, and including one of Wolfe s classic capturing the zeitgeist pieces, The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening Mauve Gloves Madmen features excellent writing from Wolfe, although t [...]

    3. Jonathan on said:

      There s a lot of good material in here Wolfe describes culture deftly, powerfully, and with a persuasive clarity Truthfully I don t know, but it s worth it for the read alone.

    4. C. on said:

      Hey Tom Wolfe I used to think you were a bullshit bougie blow hard, who thinks it s cool to be a conservative intellectual, when being a conservative had very little to do with how you felt about Jesus, and about your views on small government You still live on the Upper East Side in your tent of luxury But this collection was actually very good I found some of the style a bit gimmicky and dated, but I really enjoyed most of the stories Good job.

    5. Candice on said:

      This is an old book of cultural essays, but it s interesting to read given the passage of time Much of it holds up critically and some of them are quite prescient I was led to the book by a reference from Thomas Frank s book, Listen, Liberal to the class makeup of Martha s Vineyard and how it relates to today s political climate.

    6. Sara on said:

      Hemorrhoids, assholes and Airstreams You really know how to bring it Mr.Wolfe

    7. Mike on said:

      Tom Wolfe is a writer of his time, which is meant neither as a compliment nor as a slight He is flashy, wordy even while writing short pieces , bombastic, sarcastic, and sometimes insightful the perfect chronicler of the Me Generation, a term he coined in an essay contained in Mauve Gloves Of course, this is also a way of saying that his writing is dated Reading anything he s written after 1988 is rough because it feels so extravagant, loose, and exaggerated But the period between 1965 and 1985 [...]

    8. Stephanie on said:

      Oh yes, this is classic Tom Wolfe.In this sweet little collection of witty retorts to all things steeped in 1970 s culture Wolfe barrels into a series of mostly counter counter culture pieces and vignettes written at the time rather than a modern reflection back to the 70 s true to the traditional Tom Wolfe formula No judgement is left unsaid No outward presentation by any do gooder is sacred.No than the tiniest shred of love is shared.It s all so painfully good.And it covers most of what you [...]

    9. Ryan on said:

      When my ex wife and I split, we divvied up the books which were, to be fair, largely hers, and she thought that I should have this particular one That was some seven years ago, and this book, along with a number of others, has traveled with me from bookshelf to bookshelf waiting to be read And now I have read it This was, perhaps surprisingly or not, I suppose my first Tom Wolfe experience, and though many of the pieces reference fairly dated material, all were a treat to read Tom Wolfe s style [...]

    10. mark on said:

      Mauve Gloves gathers together a collection of Wolfe s essays on American culture during the 1970s It s vintage Wolfe and, as I usually find with Wolfe, I really enjoyed reading it In particular, The Me Decade and The Third Great Awakening, a description of the explosion of narcissism in the 1970s stands out among the collection, especially for what I feel is its continuing relevance today Besides that, I also especially enjoyed his description of fighter pilot culture in The Truest Sport Joustin [...]

    11. Bob on said:

      A mid 70s collection of short, mainly non fiction, pieces that had probably all appeared in various magazines quite comparable in a way to 2001 s Hooking Up , parts of which are going to seem similarly dated a few decades hence However, The Me Decade and The Third Great Awakening and The Intelligent Coed s Guide To America despite its awkward title was coed ever not faintly derogatory sounding in this case, he was probably playing on that fact should be required reading for any undergraduate cou [...]

    12. David Macpherson on said:

      What is amazing is that so much of what he wrote of 35 years ago is still prescient in our society The essay he wrote on pornviolence is so true, where we live to read or see violent stories and how we like to watch as if we are the killer and not in the point of view of the victim The title essay was also true and reminded me of my uncle, wh owas a writer in new york some ofthe final essays were not as zippy, seeming to repeat themselves about funky chic, but still, a fun writer and a perceptiv [...]

    13. Marc on said:

      This is a fascinating collection of Wolfe s non fiction writing touching on everything from the me generation to fighter pilots in Vietnam, and the selections are interspersed by Wolfe s own, delightful ink caricature sketches His writing comes across as energetic, often humorous, and refreshingly direct which also means arrogant and snarky, especially if you disagree with his point of view, but he seems to have captured the early 70s zeitgeist in this collection.

    14. Adam Browne on said:

      Looked at this book again recently I didn t realise until now or had forgotten how influential it s been on my writing style I thought I was doing Martin Amis in fact I m doing Tom Wolfe plus Alfred Jarry makes sense, considering Wolfe s caricatures, grotesques, and wry acerbic emphasis on design, style, fashion etc etc his highly detailed architectures and systems that somewhat dwarf the characters.Recommended.

    15. Kendall on said:

      Collection of essay stories from Wolfe s non fiction days The title of the book comes from the first essay in the book about a famous author living in a NYC apartment and trying to maintain his social status Mauve Gloves Madmen is the name of a catering company the famous author uses for a party and Clutter Vine is the name of a florist he uses for the party.

    16. Nicole Diamond on said:

      If it has one star I liked it a lot If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend itIf it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it If it has five stars it was life changing

    17. Tim Hainley on said:

      Wolfe is a brilliant reporter and chronicler of events, but is also such a snob and prick of cultural critic that he makes me reflexively mentally defend his ridiculous baby boomer targets, something you would be extremely hard pressed to find me doing in other circumstances.

    18. David Ward on said:

      Mauve Gloves and Madmen, Clutter and Vine by Tom Wolfe Farrar, Strauss Giroux 1976 818 This is a collection of Wolfe s essays on American culture during the 1970 s I usually enjoy Tom Wolfe s writing, but I was unable to engage with this one DNF My rating 6 10, finished 1981.

    19. Adam on said:

      I wish he d kept writing like this This book is really of a historical document at this point, since it s so dated, but there are some really good parts.

    20. Jeff on said:

      Includes The Intelligent Coed s Guide to America, which is a personal favorite.

    21. Inunn56 on said:

      Best work of fiction by Tom Wolfe He mentioned in an interview that he had to constantly rewrite pages in this book because reality frequently surpassed his imagination.

    22. David on said:

      Not one of his better efforts At his best, I like Tom wolfe quite a bit But here he is nowhere near his best.

    23. Derek Baldwin on said:

      Lots of bitchy pen portraits of Noo Yawkers and sundry USA stereotypes, and some great pen and ink drawings too if I remember correctly.

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