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Bonfire of the Vanities

'Bonfire of the Vanities' in Ferguson

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Nearly thirty years ago, could someone have predicted the searing racial tension in the St. Louis area in 2014? Perhaps, Tom Wolfe could have.

Bonfire of the Vanities

Francis Levy | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Francis Levy

According to an article in the Times there are seven things Xi Jinping, China's new leader, wants to eliminate ("China Takes Aim at Western Ideas," N...

Tom Wolfe: America 'Has No Class Feelings' (VIDEO)

Posted 01.10.2013 | Books

Tom Wolfe recently appeared in an on-camera interview with The Daily Beast to discuss Wall Street in light of the 25th anniversary of Wolfe's novel Bo...

Bronwen Hruska's Dystopian Vision of Attention Deficit Disorder

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

Hruska's fine debut novel, Accelerated, offers a cautionary tale not only of the pharmaceutical-industrial complex but also of the high-pressured, high-powered world of privilege in Manhattan's elite private schools.

Rebuilding Edith Wharton's House of Mirth

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.02.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Certain books change your life, and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth changed mine. The novel's brilliance blew me away in college, deepening my desi...

Great Books Don't Have To Be Bad Movies

The Guardian | Jonathan Coe | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books

In the course of their famous book-length interview, François Truffaut once asked Alfred Hitchcock about his approach to literary adaptation, and Hit...

Real-Life "Bonfire" Judge Roberts Dies

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Burton B. Roberts, the outspoken judge who was the model for the cranky jurist in "The Bonfire of the Vanities," has died. He was 88....

They're Parasites

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert S. McElvaine

While "pirates," "banksters," "roaches," and "leeches" are all apt words to describe the arrogant Wall Streeters we saw testifying this week, there is a more accurate scientific term -- it is time to call a parasite a parasite.

Tom Wolfe: The Rich Have Feelings Too - Vanity Fair

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Do the rich have feelings too? In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Tom Wolfe, who famously chronicled the buyout kings of the 1980s in The Bonfire Of ...

Bonfire of the Insanities

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

With mounting evidence of better days ahead for both the economy and the stock market, many bears have toned down their negative comments and are running for cover. Bud Conrad is not among them.

Toyota Projects First-Ever Annual Loss; Congress Disses Detroit

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Congress took a perverse pleasure in giving Detroit's CEOs and the UAW president the third degree -- unnecessary theater while our country suffers this economic decline.

Tom Wolfe: Neither McCain Nor Obama Has "The Right Stuff"

Greg Boose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Greg Boose

Wolfe quickly responded: "I'm voting for John Silber, a write-in vote."

20 Years After "Bonfire," Rich White Bankers Still Rule NYC

The Guardian (U.K.) | Paul Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Robert Thompson remembers vividly what happened when he opened The Bonfire of the Vanities, the chronicle of Eighties New York that captured the city ...