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The Purple Decades - A Reader

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The Purple Decades brings together the author's own selections from his list of critically acclaimed publications, including the complete text of Mau-Mauing and the Flak Catchers, his account of the wild games the poverty program encouraged minority groups to play.
Paperback, 396 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by Berkley (first published 1982)
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Thomas
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: foundation-texts
When I read "A Sunday Kind of Love," I knew exactly the kind of writing I wanted to pursue.
Tom
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Tom Wolfe fans only
There are some great essays in here: "The Last American Hero", for example. There are also some duds. This is Wolfe stroking his mammoth ego by showing how he knows everything about everything, from the New York art scene to the beginnings of NASCAR, from Jasper Johns to Junior Johnson.
Don't waste your time. Only 30% of it is any good.
Ryan Williams
Nov 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
A sample of Wolfe's essays. By and large, they're shite. Smug, irritating, self-satisfied and written in that cluttered 'style' of his that tries to mimic every noise in the spectrum and fails each time.

I don't understand why he dresses like a televangelist either.
Julia Dawson
Oct 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Juliana
Tom Wolfe is the founder of a style called New Journalism, that has seen him writing in publications like Esquire and who knows what else. He has this supernatural ability of pegging American social groups and writes about them as a journalist/ethnographer. This book, a survey of his writing over several decades, changed the way I write.
Jason Farley
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Can't believe I only paid $.50 for this much sheer pleasure and joy filled insightfulness. Great Stuff.
Jeff
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Collects most of Wolfe's best essays from the 1960's and 1970's.
E. Thomas
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Too spicy for my palate.
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Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Old Favourites of New Journalism.
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