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The New Journalism (Picador Books) [Paperback]

Tom Wolfe
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12 Oct 1990 Picador Books

‘The hell with it . . . let chaos reign . . . louder music, more wine . . . All the old traditions are exhausted and no new one is yet established. All bets are off! The odds are cancelled! It’s anybody’s ballgame . . . ’

Tom Wolfe introduces and exults in his generation’s journalistic talent:

Truman Capote inside the mind of a psychotic killer

Hunter S. Thompson skunk drunk at the Kentucky Derby

Michael Herr dispatching reality from the Vietnam killing fields

Rex Reed giving the star treatment to the ageing Ava Gardner

As well as

Norman Mailer

Joe Eszterhas

Terry Southern

Nicholas Tomalin

George Plimpton

James Mills

Gay Talese

Joan Didion

and many other legends of tape and typewriter telling it like it is from Warhol’s Factory to the White House lawn, from the saddle of a Harley to the toughest football team in the US.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (12 Oct 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330243152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330243155
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Wolfe was born in 1931. He has written for The Washington Post and The New York Herald Tribune and is credited with the creation of 'New Journalism'. Between 1984 and 1985 Wolfe wrote his first novel The Bonfire of the Vanities in serial form for Rolling Stone magazine. The novel was published in 1987. It was number one of the New York Times bestseller list for two months and remained on the list for more than a year. He is the author of sixteen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.

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About the Author

Tom Wolfe (b. 1931) is an American journalist and author. He worked for The Washington Post and The New York Herald Tribune, amongst others. There, he experimented with a new genre which he called New Journalism, in which journalists experiment with the use of literary devices in their news reporting. His first work of fiction, The Bonfire of the Vanities, was published in 1987.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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First published in 1975, The New Journalism is considered the definitive anthology of Vietnam era journalism. The writers featured, which included such names as Norman Mailer, Truman Capote and Hunter S Thompson, represent a style that was as contrary to the existing codes in practise at the time as rock and roll was to society at large. These are tales of burnt draft cards, pop art, free love and drug runs to Mexico. Most importantly they're generally told in either the first person, purely vicarious accounts for the reader to immerse themselves in, or as short stories that read as fluently as any fiction. This journalism is the very antithesis of the classic news reporting methodologies (who, what, where, when, why) taught in textbooks such as David Randall's Universal Journalist. As the back cover spiel says: 'The hell with it... let chaos reign... louder music, more wine... All the old traditions are exhausted and no new one is yet established. All bets are off! The odds are cancelled! It's anybody's ballgame...'
Some of the highlights include Michael Herr's account of the 26th Marines posted at Khesanh airbase in Vietnam. Eschewing traditional encounter and conflict based reporting Herr focuses on the minds and spirits of the young men trapped in a frighteningly real situation, which to the modern reader evokes Full Metal Jacket's Private Joker reporting from Heller's Catch-22. The marines desperate to go home but too scared to venture out on the landing strip to catch their transports as the place is constantly shelled by the North Vietnamese... The young grunt who writes bravura messages on his flak jacket only to scrub them out when he realises everyone other soldier has the same slogan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic review still fresh years later 20 Jan 2005
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Even though this book is 'old' it still feels new and as relevant as ever. Not only does it pick the best of the greats, it also includes intros by Tom Wolfe to each excerpt, highlighting the novel bits. My favourite chapters are the ones from Hunter S. Thompson (before he fell headlong into gonzo writing) and, of course, Wolfe himself. Essential reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The old journalism. 28 Feb 2004
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Great book, but you might want to call it the old, rather than the new, journalism now. There's very little of this kind of journalism about at the moment, in the UK at least, sadly. Guess it's because it takes time and money, but this book does show what's possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality 18 Dec 2009
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This book was a gift, so I can't tell if is good or not in relation to the writer but I can say that the book was new and it cost me much less than in a book shop in which I found massive trouble to found it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry To See This Book Out of Print 7 Dec 1999
By Edward B. Driscoll, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sorry to see that this book out of print. It's both an excellent collection of articles, and a "how-to" for budding writers on how to write in the style of the "new journalism". I'd love to see this book back in print, or even better, a revised edition, with more up-to-date articles (anyone for a collection of New Journalist articles on the 80s and 90s?) and perhaps a new assortment of writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 20th Century Documents, Documented 10 Jan 2007
By Emerson Dameron - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wide slice of the mid-century New Journalism epoch. It features charged work from every major player (including Terry Southern and others curiously ignored in Weingarten's overview). The predictions in Wolfe's manifesto haven't panned out as pervasively as he expected - if anything, today's writerly writers, by and large, are more gimmicky, narcissistic and insulated than ever - but that's capital-L Literature's loss, and the night is young. Bring this thing back into print, and don't fear the carnival.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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Great book. Delivered quickly.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great authors writing short stories from the 60's & 70's. 17 Jun 2014
By Mark Oller - Published on Amazon.com
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Great authors writing short stories from the 60's & 70's. Humorous and intriguing. A book you read every day until you're complete.
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