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Old 07-28-2004, 08:00 PM
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Tom Wolfe's next: "an X-rated Animal House"

Rolling Stone (Aug. 5) has an 8-page excerpt of Tom Wolfe's next novel - "I am Charlotte Simmons" - and the exploits of fraternity brothers Hoyt and Vance are described as "an X-rated Animal House" in the book.

The book will be coming out this fall, and will drag our GLOs thru the mud again.

It's sure to get MUCH MORE attention and more reviews than anything that Robbins lady or the Clemson Kappa Sig wrote.
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Old 07-28-2004, 11:32 PM
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He wrote the Right Stuff correct? Great book, great author.
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Old 07-29-2004, 12:53 AM
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He wrote the Right Stuff correct? Great book, great author.
Roger that... only thing I didn't like about it is it portrayed astronaut Virgil (Gus) Grissom as one who 'screwed the pooch' and panicked trying to get out of his Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft, causing it to sink (it was finally recovered nearly 40 years later and restored). Gus didn't screw the pooch! A stray current caused the explosive cord around the hatch to explode before the helicopter could hook up to it.

Had Gus lived (he died in the Apollo 1 capsule fire in 1967) it would have probably been him instead of Armstrong who first set foot on the moon.
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Old 07-29-2004, 01:57 AM
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What does 'screwed the pooch' mean? It sounds dirty.

Tom Wolfe is a very talented writer. I especially enjoyed his satire of life in New York, The Bonfire of the Vanities.
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Old 07-29-2004, 07:51 AM
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What does 'screwed the pooch' mean? It sounds dirty.
Generally, making a huge mistake. Sounds a helluva lot better than the more obscene variation of the above.
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Old 07-29-2004, 12:46 PM
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Had Gus lived (he died in the Apollo 1 capsule fire in 1967) it would have probably been him instead of Armstrong who first set foot on the moon.
With Deke in charge, he definitely would have.
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Old 07-30-2004, 12:06 PM
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Tom Wolfe ROCKS!!! He went to W&L and he's on campus at least once a year. I ate at the Dining hall at the table next to him this past year.

Another Highly recommended book of his (one of my personal favorites) is A Man in Full.

And you know? I don't think Wolfe will be focusing in on the fraternity stuff exclusively. That's not the way he writes. Maybe he will, who knows, but I kind of doubt it. And I can guarantee that in 4 years at W&L he was either Greek or picked up some opinions about Greeks. Particularly in that era (he is class of '52 I believe).
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:39 PM
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If he's Greek I am sure someone is claiming him on some web site . . .

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Tom Wolfe ROCKS!!! He went to W&L and he's on campus at least once a year. I ate at the Dining hall at the table next to him this past year.

Another Highly recommended book of his (one of my personal favorites) is A Man in Full.

And you know? I don't think Wolfe will be focusing in on the fraternity stuff exclusively. That's not the way he writes. Maybe he will, who knows, but I kind of doubt it. And I can guarantee that in 4 years at W&L he was either Greek or picked up some opinions about Greeks. Particularly in that era (he is class of '52 I believe).
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Old 08-01-2004, 11:33 PM
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I'm surprised so many people here know who Tom Wolfe is!

He's big into this cause that my boss is into. It's funny when he calls the office.
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Old 08-02-2004, 12:07 AM
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Tom Wolfe ROCKS!!! He went to W&L and he's on campus at least once a year. I ate at the Dining hall at the table next to him this past year.
Doesn't he always wear a white linen suit when he's out in public? I think I read that somewhere.

Anyhow, I loved "A Man in Full" and "Bonfire of the Vanities" and I'm pretty confident that "I am Charlotte Simmons" will be a great read as well. I'm looking forward to it!
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Old 08-02-2004, 12:28 AM
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I'm not surprised. I think that there are some well-read people on GC.

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Old 08-02-2004, 01:31 PM
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Doesn't he always wear a white linen suit when he's out in public? I think I read that somewhere.
Yes, this is totally true. You can always pick him out at alumni events because of the white suits.
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Old 11-07-2004, 01:04 AM
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Tom Wolfe's latest novel will be available in a few days.

http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/200...=home&SEC=news
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Old 11-07-2004, 01:10 AM
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Not sure, but I think he's a Pi Kappa Phi. Maybe ATO.
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Old 11-07-2004, 05:44 PM
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Not sure, but I think he's a Pi Kappa Phi. Maybe ATO.
Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward, Angel, etc.) is a Pi Kappa Phi, not Tom Wolfe (at least, not according to their national webpage).

There was once an ATO chapter at W&L so it's possible he was one. However, he's not listed on their national webpage.

If I had to guess between the two I'd say ATO because if he was a Pi Kappa Phi the guys on campus would probably talk about him during rush and stuff... which they don't. I've never heard that he joined any fraternity (which is unusual considering this is W&L), so I'm sort of doubting he's Greek.
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