The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe
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 and The Right Stuff, as well as the novel The Bonfire of the Vanities. 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, Wolfe 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.
In The Painted Word, Wolfe trains his satirical eye on contemporary art with a dazzling and keen wit. He addresses the scope of contemporary art from Abstract Expressionism through Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual Art. The Painted Word is Tom Wolfe “at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Moderated by Tim Lewis.
Meeting each second Tuesday at 12pm, this monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Pick up some tasty local fare at the Malaprop’s Café to make the most of your midday break! Books are available at Malaprop’s for a 10% discount. To add your name to our Discussion Bound mailing list, email Kristi McMillan, adult programs manager, or call 828.253.3227 x122.