- Paperback: 111 pages
- Publisher: MACMILLAN USA; Reprint edition (7 February 2036)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312429142
- ISBN-13: 978-0312429140
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.1 x 20.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 81.6 g
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About the Author
Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was one of the founders of the New Journalism movement and the author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, as well as the novels The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. As a reporter, he wrote articles for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, and is credited with coining the term, The Me Decade.
Among his many honors, Tom was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude, and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lived in New York City.
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Yes there was a lot of bad Modernist architecture. But there has always been a lot of bad architecture of all types since the time that humans first built buildings.
And despite the title, Wolfe never really addresses the topic of "our house". You can't blame the post WW2 flood of ugly houses on Bauhaus. I live in Miami. People come to see our "Art Deco" and "Miami Modern" architecture which is much inspired by Bauhaus. Today there is a building boom in housing in Miami that is strongly inspired by Bauhaus design - simple, uncluttered, harmonious but with aspects that attract the eye. What a blessed change from McMansions.
This is not a book about architecture. It is a book about Tom Wolfe.
One aspect that really annoyed me about this book was that Wolfe really is annoyed to an obsessive degree by people with large egos. And yet the ego that really stands out in this book is Tom Wolfe's. It is significant that Wolfe always wore a white suit to make sure that you don't miss him standing there in the crowd - the white flag of ego, on legs.
For someone familiar with the subject matter in this book I can understand the low reviews, but this was a very entertaining way to learn about the progression of architecture in the twentieth century.
I look forward to reading more nuanced descriptions of this history, but I also really enjoyed reading a version from someone who wasn’t afraid to call modern architecture stupid and ugly.
Beyond architecture the book is an illuminating account of how academia can create utter garbage when it turns completely inward, rather than using intellect to pursue societal goals.