Tag Archives | Tom Wolfe

Renoir Is Canceled

I regret to inform you that Renoir is canceled. To be “canceled,” in the parlance of our Politically Correct age, is to be found to be ideologically “problematic” and to be banished from morally respectable “woke” society–not merely to lose a job or to be ostracized, but to be eliminated from all recognition of having […]

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Status-Income Disequilibrium

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Status-Income Disequilibrium You’ve probably heard by now about the college admissions scandal, in which wealthy and famous people were arrested for bribing college officials to get their kids into elite schools…. The details that are coming out are pretty amazing. There are the Hollywood actresses who laundered […]

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Culture Is Downstream of Politics

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. Andrew Breitbart famously said that politics is downstream of culture. But if he had lived to see the art and entertainment in 2018, he might […]

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America’s Carnival Barker

Tom Wolfe died yesterday at age 88, after a long and colorful career as America’s carnival barker. I don’t mean that in a pejorative sense. The carnival barker has a certain reputation for brazen dishonesty in overselling his product. (We’ll get to that in a moment.) But he is also our enthusiastic guide to a […]

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The Art of Balkanization

I argued a while back that the increasingly dominant character of the art championed by our cultural elites is didacticism: “an absence of substantial or profound artistic content, compensated for by loud, didactic political messaging. We know what we’re supposed to feel, whether or not the work of art actually makes us feel it.” By […]

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Workingmen and Reformers

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Fighting the Last Election The Republican Party just got through a difficult party primary day in which there were several local candidates who seemed like they might win by adopting a Trumpian style, but who had severe weaknesses as general election candidates. The chief of these was […]

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Can the “Fearless Girl” Stand on Her Own?

As a PR stunt—advertising disguised as an idealistic political message—a Wall Street investment firm hawking a “Gender Diversity Index” placed a statue of a young girl in front of the famous Wall Street statue of a charging bull. It was put there on International Women’s Day, you see, and it was taken as a symbol […]

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