Saturday, February 18, 2006

A Wolfe in elephant's clothing?

Some time ago at No-Pasaran, I came across this somewhat narrative piece on Tom Wolfe at The Guardian. It's what I'd call a "cup of coffee read", but for anyone whose thinking the writing of Tom Wolfe ever played even a minor role in, it's a must-read.

"I think support for Bush is about not wanting to be led by East-coast pretensions. It is about not wanting to be led by people who are forever trying to force their twisted sense of morality onto us, which is a non-morality. That is constantly done, and there is real resentment. Support for Bush is about resentment in the so-called 'red states' - a confusing term to Guardian readers, I agree - which here means, literally, middle America. I come from one of those states myself, Virginia. It's the same resentment, indeed, as that against your own newspaper when it sent emails targeting individuals in an American county."

Yes, this from the same guy who wrote The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Now, as then, he seems to have a keen sense of what something so vague and amorphous as "the left" can be said to center on. I think he just sold a book.

So what is it about his liberal neighbors and fellow diners in his adoptive New York that Wolfe cannot abide? "I cannot stand the lock-step among everyone in my particular world. They all do the same thing, without variation. It gets so boring. There is something in me that particularly wants it registered that I am not one of them."

And well that you should. Maybe you're someone who's explored the question of how a Kristallnacht could happen, and has seen some alarming parallels. I'm not sure the answer is going to be between the covers of "I Am Charlotte Simmons", but I'm curious to see for myself.

Yep, it's another short one this week, but there's probably another quickie or two coming over the weekend. You don't come for the writing anyway though, right? It's all about the furry lovin'. Friday Frickin' Cat Blogging!

Gazelles - a hot meal for cats on the go!


Blogger andy said...

His book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test was, I think, the very first book that I purchased. That is, other than a required school book.

It was a first edition, hardback, with the paper cover and a wonderful psychedelic painting on it. I sold it, along with hundreds of other books when I moved across the country. Too heavy, too much to pay for the freight. The worst part is thinking back on some of the books I threw away, and thinking about the stuff I kept and moved, instead of the books. Like a bed, some stupid sofa, a TV; all long since sent to the dumps.

Now they want $400 for it.

You know, Doug, sometimes life is nothing more than just a bunch of bad choices; could’ve, would’ve and should’ve.

But I am glad that I did choose to vote for Bush. Twice.

Glad to see you still post once in a while….

10:31 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I can echo most of that.

Mine was only paperback, and it wasn't my first purchase, but I think it was one of the first ten or so. It got passed along, as most of my books have, for the exact reason you cite - moving books around sucks! And since then, I've wished that I had one or another of them back time and again for years now. And I wish I'd voted for Bush twice - once'll have to do.

I doubt that I'll get back to regular full-time posting any time before the '08 election cycle warms up. I start about three times as many posts as I actually wind up posting, but they tend to get stale before they ever get finished. If I had to guess, I'd say that I'll probably be posting something a couple/few times a month indefinitely, but as luck would have it I really don't have to guess.

Glad to see you still drop by now and then.

9:03 AM  

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