12 February 1988

Going to Blazes

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A review of Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities. Published in The Guardian, 12 February 1988

Tom Wolfe has set a few fires in his time. The architecture of the modern movement went up in an easy puff of smoke a few years ago. Before that Leonard Bernstein – who had hired white waiters to serve at his fundraising party for the Black Panthers – was famously roasted on the pyre of ‘radical chic.’ All this, we now see, was part of a 15-year warm-up act; preparation for the ultimate conflagration in which the whole city of New York would burn for 650 exuberant if at times rather gaseous pages…

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