Tom Wolfe is dead at 88

“You’re either on the bus or off the bus.”
Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The man wrote The Right Stuff (about outer space) and The Electric Kool-aide Acid Test (about inner space) within a decade of each other. Not to mention much else.

I always liked Wolfe. His white suits always made me smile. He seemed to have a good heart. Crazy in a sane, very functional way.

(From The USA Today)

Author Tom Wolfe, who immortalized America’s astronauts in The Right Stuff, died in a Manhattan hospital on Monday, his agent, Lynn Nesbit, told USA TODAY.

He was 88. His many best sellers over the years include The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Wolfe also was a pioneer practitioner of The New Journalism in the 1960s and ’70s, a form of journalism that used literary conventions to tell stories in a colorful, “gonzo” form.

Wolfe coined the influential phrase “The Me Decade,” to reflect Americans’ obsession in the 1970s with self-fulfillment, in his essay “The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening.”

Wolfe continued to write into his 80s: In 2016, he published The Kingdom of Speech,  a non-fiction book that made the case that speech, not evolution, is responsible for mankind’s achievements.