Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Breeze147, May 15, 2018 at 10:36 AM.
Controversal author of “The Right Stuff” and “Bonfire Of The Vanities” passes at age 88.
Always liked his work.
I loved The Right Stuff, but never managed to read Bonfire. Saw that awful movie of it though.
Hmm.. another one I should probably add to the Kindle queue.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test was one of his earliest and best books. A must-read for children of the 60's....
I never read his works, cause I was always afraid of his sister Virginia...
I read "The Right Stuff" and "Bonfire of the Vanities". I should read his other works. Excellent writer and more importantly excellent researcher.
Only book of his I have read.
I was lucky enough to meet Ken Kesey a couple times at shows around Eugene/Veneta back in the day. Nothing more than a quick heynow but certainly one of the few celebrities I have ever engaged with.
Also lucky enough to meet the guy who wired the sound system on the bus while I was living on Maui thirty or so years ago. Now, those are some good stories
Surprised, but then why should I be I guess, that he was eighty eight.
I've read most of his fiction but the most memorable was when I bought 'A Man in Full' and went on vacation in the Keys, with absolutely no intention of reading the book that week. Better things to do, right?
My 2nd day there, I was renting a condo in Marathon, I went out on a fishing charter.
First time I ever got motion sickness, and it was horrendous. Ended up laying in bed moaning for 3 days, wasted most of my vacation. Got most of the book read, though.
Just curious what you thought was "controversial" about him. I have mixed feelings about his works, but I have never thought of him as controversial in any way
The white suits?
Curious also. I've read some pointed criticism about his writing style and some of the ways he gathered info, and he seemed (to me) to be overwrought at times, but I never really thought "controversial".
I'm your ice cream man,
Stop me when I'm passing by....
As a southerner, I take offense at that!
He was highly criticized by Norman Mailer, John Updike and others as being a phony.
Not my opinion.
John Irving was critical of Wolfe as well (after Charlotte Simmons, who wouldn't be ). So I see what you're saying, but I disagree that criticism from other writers makes an author "controversial". That's pretty common in the literary world. Stephen King always takes jabs at Dean Koontz. Harold Bloom loathes Stephen King. And everyone makes fun of Stephanie Meyer (rightly so!). And none of them are generally considered controversial. Mailer, Updike, and Irving trying to protect their turf as the literary lions of the second half of the 20th century neither surprises me nor makes Wolfe controversial.
Off the top of my head, if I were to name a "controversial" popular writer from the last fifty years, Bret Easton Ellis the first (and maybe only) name that springs to my mind
Jeez, I never knew Stephen King hated Dean Koontz.
I'm sure it was just Mailer taking a jab. The word "controversial" popped into my head because from the article, it seemed Wolfe got under the skin of quite a few people. Maybe Mailer, Updike, et al, were just pissed because they never got invited to Wolfe's 14 room Upper East Side apartment.
Hate is probably too strong a word. But for many years, King repeatedly criticized Koontz for not knowing how to finish a story. And there's something to that criticism. I haven't read Koontz in years, but a lot of his novels from the eighties and nineties had inexplicable endings
I'm not saying it's to the same level as Koontz, but there are many, many reviewers who've pointed out that King isn't that great at ending a story either. He HAS an ending for most stories, they just don't have the same impact as his setup.
Everyone that has read The Stand will agree with you!
"The Right Stuff" was a great book.
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