News & Notes – 5/19/2018

May 19, 2018 News & Notes 0

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Literary Losses

Tom Wolfe, former journalist and best-selling author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right StuffThe Bonfire of the Vanities, and a number of other books, died Monday, May 15, 2018, at the age of 88. A pioneer of the New Journalism, Wolfe brought fiction techniques such as internal monologue into his journalism and nonfiction, and incorporated journalistic techniques into his fiction.

Though I wasn’t drawn to his work (or rather, to his subjects) in general, I plowed through The Right Stuff in a weekend. The book is a history of the test pilots and high-speed experimental planes of the 1940s and ’50s and the early years of the U.S. space race, culminating in the Mercury program. Compelling and fascinating, the book popularized the phrase “pushing the envelope”; it was later made into a movie starring Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, and a host of other well-known actors.

Photo from author’s website.

Obituaries and tributes: The GuardianLos Angeles Times; NPR; Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Bibliography and Biography: Goodreads; Wikipedia


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