Authors who look like their writing: #4 Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe

“My entire career, in fiction or nonfiction, I have reported and written about people who are not like me.”

–       Tom Wolfe 

Considering that the above quote is from the man himself, it may seem strange that I’ve chosen Wolfe for a post in which he’s supposed to look like his writing. But that’s who he is: an outsider looking in. An observer. He’s always one step, very clearly removed from the action he reports – and keeping his distance is one of the things that makes his writing so insightful and true. It’s also what can make it so cutting or full of awe. He’s never been a writer to deliver the most subtle of messages but he’s massively entertaining… brash, fun, exuberant… his writing is zapped with fiendish humour.

Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff are two of my favourite books. I like to think of him standing in front of a fireplace with a glass of champagne (or probably a fine scotch) in his hand, regaling a room full of people with tales from those books. Hmm, maybe I need to stop imagining all of these fantastical meetings with authors and get a move on with my own book…


11 thoughts on “Authors who look like their writing: #4 Tom Wolfe

    1. beautifulorange Post author

      He weird as hell. But a great writer. He started out in the 60s, hanging with Ken Kesey (One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest) and loads od other influential hippy-type people… it was all about drugs and free love… and he was this guy who was in the middle of it but also just outside of it, writing about it all. It’s what made him famous in the first place.

  1. ioniamartin

    I can’t decide if he is thinking something along the lines of “Did I leave the coffee pot on?” or “This suit is uncomfortable but I make it look good.”


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