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No wonder he never got the Nobel prize: Tom Wolfe made the left look stupid

Posted by M. C. Fox on May 17, 2018

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/05/no_wonder_he_never_got_the_nobel_prize_tom_wolfe_made_the_left_look_stupid.html

By Monica Showalter

It’s couched in oh, so delicate terms, as pretty much everyone mourns the death of the great Tom Wolfe.  Tom Wolfe was a reporter; Tom Wolfe was an observer.  Tom Wolfe eyed status-seeking.  Tom Wolfe skewered the establishment.  And through his incredible mastery of words, he entertained the hell out of us.

Yes, true enough.  But somehow he never got a Nobel Prize in literature, despite vastly outranking almost everyone else who has…

So I guess I am corrupting things a little when I state the obvious about Wolfe: he did write; he did observe; he did skewer; and by gosh, it all added up to making the left look stupid, particularly the cultural left, because it is the establishment.  There is no way a writer this honest could not find them.  And because he was a ferocious believer in and chronicler of American exceptionalism, he got them good.

Oh, he made the left look stupid.  It’s why reading his work is such a delicious pleasure…

Wolfe did fantastic work targeting the academic left in general.  One of his finest passages was on how leftists always yelled about fascism in America, yet it was Europe that had the problem:

The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.

He wrote about what a bunch of perverts these fashionable lefties were, too, lusting after the college girls as they gave their pompous progressive lectures, with one such lecturer thinking:

“The little blonde bud from the creative-writing class is a sure thing, but she’ll insist on a lot of literary talk first[.] … The big redhead on the lecture committee will spare me that, but she talks to me as if I’m seventy years old[.] … Little Bud? … or Big Red?

He went after the mainstream media, too, acting as paparazzi on the astronauts of The Right Stuff, seeking to interview “the dog, the cat, the rhododendrons,” which told you all you needed to know – and was hysterically funny, too.

He fried the “Me Generation” and all the nut-bags from California’s quiche-eating, hot-tubbing cultie groups, mouthing New Age drivel.  “Let’s talk about me,” as he summed these jackasses up.  It was the only right way to treat them.

So many leftists got it good from Wolfe.  There were the ad men in “The Commercial” who wanted to bow to political correctness by casting the first black baseball player in a deodorant ad and how they tiptoed around the subject of race as “flatfoot Irishmen” scared and dancing around in their great fear of being thought of as racist, even as they were breaking racial barriers…

He tore apart the Rev. Al Sharpton as a colossal charlatan in his later novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, exposing him for his left-wing race-baiting.

He made the art world, with all its nutty emperor’s new clothes ideas about what’s art and how ugly some of its stuff looked, look like a bunch of idiots in The Painted Word.

He trashed the disgusting hook-up culture that has ruined university culture in I am Charlotte Simmons.

All of this stuff riled the left.  In one passage in one of his books – think it was the one on meeting porny feminist Germaine Greer, who set her hair on fire because she was bored (you’d never forget a passage like that) – somewhere in the piece spoke of an enraged lefty who wanted to dump spaghetti sauce all over his own suit.

And as a coda, Wolfe stated the obvious about the heroism and self-sacrifice of our military and American exceptionalism in spades in his oh, so dazzling and utterly readable more than once masterpiece, The Right Stuff.

What a treasure he was.  He wrote about the world as it is, telling our American story because he loved our American story.  How sad that we don’t have him to write about the ongoing story of America.  He wrote about the world as an outsider, and he examined the establishment as it needed to be examined, and naturally, that added up to making the left look stupid.  There was no other way for a writer this honest, and we are the richer for it.

Be seeing you

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