The book is named for one of the stories in the collection that was originally published in Esquire magazine in under the title "There Goes Varoom! That Kandy-Kolored Thphhhhhh! Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby Rahghhh! Around the Bend Brummmmmmmmmmmmmmm …" Wolfe's essay for Esquire and this, his first book, are frequently hailed as early examples of New Journalism.
Tom Wolfe and the New Journalism Legacy
The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes! - Tom Wolfe
Excerpt: Nobody in academia had ever witnessed or even heard of a performance like this before. In just a few years, in the early s, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student — a student, in his twenties — had taken over an entire field of study,… More. Excerpt: Come join us as we go back seven months to the apex of the history of American capitalism in the 21st century. We find ourselves in a swarm of fellow starstruck souls outside the Sheraton Hotel on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, churning, squirming. To… More. In , Mrs.
The Last American Hero
Some of these men were hotshot test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base, and some flew cargo planes. Some had impeccable service records, while others hadn't flown in a real dog fight for even a second. Despite these differences in backgrounds and credentials, Tom Wolfe turns each of these nine men into a separate and individualized hero.
The Last American Hero is an entertaining genre picture with a serious-sounding title, and so it runs the risk of being underrated in some quarters and overrated in others. Its vision is more casual than the title would imply, yet richer than its unadorned folksiness pretends. First and foremost, it is a highly charged but straightforward story about a young stockcar racer Jeff Bridges riding skill, arrogance, and need into the big money. Lamont Johnson and crew prove responsive to both the racing scene and the cars themselves, and give a sense of the action that is close to the excitement but free of adulatory packaging.