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Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

by Tom Wolfe

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Two New York Magazine Pieces on the fermenting 1960's, one about the way in which the Civil Rights bill could be perverted by petty concerns of the black community, the other about the chicest of the parlour Liberals of the time. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Apr 1, 2014 |
I wish Tom Wolfe still wrote essays. I like him better when he's not 700 pages. ( )
1 vote AnnB2013 | Mar 14, 2013 |
Wolfe tells it like (as?) it is! I've seen the large black women and muscular men storm a government cubicle and terrorize the well-dressed bureaucrats. Part of the 1960s that doesn't get much light. ( )
  andyray | Jun 11, 2008 |
Disorganized and scattered essays. The first is about wealthy New Yorkers who support controversial causes as the stylish thing to do. The second is about the structure of the poverty program and how it encourages violence. I wasn't convinced by either essay, and I didn't enjoy the writing. ( )
  gwendolyndawson | Mar 29, 2008 |
Two excellent novella-length essays from the Man in White, both on the subject of dysfunctional race relations in America. Radical Chic is a hilarious examination of social elites who embrace radical causes, while Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers describes a darkly amusing kabuki in which various ethnic groups in 1970s San Francisco take swing at the piñata of government anti-poverty programs. ( )
  badgenome | Sep 19, 2007 |
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At 2 or 3 or 4 a.m., somewhere along in there, on August 25, 1966, his forty-eighth birthday, in fact, Leonard Bernstein woke up in the dark in a state of wild alarm.
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The phrase radical chic was coined by Tom Wolfe in 1970 when Leonard Bernstein gave a party for the Black Panthers at his duplex apartment on Park Avenue. That incongrous scene is re-created here in high fidelity as is another meeting ground between militant minorities and the liberal white establishment.

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In these two devastatingly funny essays, Tom Wolfe examines political stances, social styles, "black rage," and "white guilt" in our status-minded world.In "These Radical Chic Evenings," Wolfe focuses primarily on one symbolic event: a gathering of the politically correct at Leonard Bernstein's duplex apartment on Park Avenue to meet spokesmen of the Black Panther Party. He re-creates the incongruous scene and its astonishing repercussions with high fidelity.And in "Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers," Wolfe travels to San Francisco to survey another meeting-ground between militant minorities and the liberal white establishment. This time the meeting deals with the newly emerging art of confrontation, as practiced by San Francisco's militant minorities in response to a highly bureaucratized poverty program.With his fourth book, which brought the phrase "radical chic" into the cultural lexicon, Wolfe has never been more unflinching with his patented social criticism.… (more)

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