The author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and the new novel Back to Blood sings a little, praises Michael Lewis, and cringes at the word issues. Listen to his conversation about The Bonfire of the Vanities, our November Book Club pick.
Big admirer of Tom Wolfe's work - his novels are incredibly well imagined and readable - and obviously very well researched. I am not as pessimistic about the human race as he is however (as I think evinced by his novels) so it's a relief to see this rather benign, friendly person on camera.
re "jejune" I was a bit surprised by his definition - I've always thought of it as meaning naive or simplistic. Looking up definitions online I see it can also mean dull, or insipid - but still a bit of a stretch to make that mean "world weary" no? And I prefer the good ol' Anglo Saxon pronunciation with a semi-hard "j" on both "j's".
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