Goodbye Tom Wolfe

 
 

He wore a white suit, initially, because it pissed so many guys off in New York. He wrote some of my favorite books ever. And he, Tom Wolfe, just passed away. 

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test was one of the first books I read in high school that showed me what great fun journalism could be. The Bonfire of the Vanities taught me what a great story is and The Right Stuff showed me what deep, deep reporting and fantastic narrative journalism can achieve. 

If you haven’t read Wolfe, I think you should. His books are like epic movies that completely suck you in. If you want to read one thing about Wolfe, read Jack Shafer’s piece The tripster in Wolfe’s clothing in Columbia Journalism Review. My favorite quote: “Style can’t carry a story if you haven’t done the reporting.” 

Goodbye to one of the greats.