Tom Wolfe, In memoriam

The Pop Scourge


Champion of ‘new journalism’ and chronicler of American pop culture, Tom Wolfe passed away on 15 May. Architecture had a presence in his sharp and sarcastic work, definitely in From Bauhaus to Our House (1981), the ruthless story of Gropius and his followers in postwar America, but also in The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965), a sui generis chronicle of beach culture and Las Vegas, or even The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), an account of the LSD scene. A pity he didn’t have the time to X-ray with his sardonic writing the ridiculous and menacing times we are living and are still in for.

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