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Tom Wolfe

Data de nascimento: 2. Março 1931

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Thomas Kennerly Wolfe , nascido em 2 de Março de 1931, é um jornalista e escritor norte-americano, conhecido por seu estilo marcadamente irônico. Nos EUA, é considerado um dos fundadores do new journalism, movimento jornalístico dos anos 60 e 70.

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„I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph“

— Tom Wolfe
Context: He talks in a soft voice with a country accent, almost a pure country accent, only crackling and rasping and cheese-grated over the two-foot hookup, talking about — "—there's been no creativity," he is saying, "and I think my value has been to help create the next step. I don't think there will be any movement off the drug scene until there is something else to move to —" — all in a plain country accent about something — well, to be frank, I didn't know what in the hell it was all about. Sometimes he spoke cryptically, in aphorisms. I told him I had heard he didn't intend to do any more writing. Why? I said. "I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph," he said. He talked about something called the Acid Test and forms of expression in which there would be no separation between himself and the audience. It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch — lightning. On Ken Kesey, in Ch. I : Black Shiny FBI Shoes

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„It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch —
lightning.“

— Tom Wolfe
Context: He talks in a soft voice with a country accent, almost a pure country accent, only crackling and rasping and cheese-grated over the two-foot hookup, talking about — "—there's been no creativity," he is saying, "and I think my value has been to help create the next step. I don't think there will be any movement off the drug scene until there is something else to move to —" — all in a plain country accent about something — well, to be frank, I didn't know what in the hell it was all about. Sometimes he spoke cryptically, in aphorisms. I told him I had heard he didn't intend to do any more writing. Why? I said. "I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph," he said. He talked about something called the Acid Test and forms of expression in which there would be no separation between himself and the audience. It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch — lightning. On Ken Kesey, in Ch. I : Black Shiny FBI Shoes

„Everything was becoming allegorical, understood by the group mind, and especially this: "You're either on the bus … or off the bus."“

— Tom Wolfe
On Kesey's coining of the phrase "on the bus", in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Ch. VI : The Bus; as Paul Grushkin reports, in Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail (2011), p. 120, the statement became a famous evocation of an attitude:

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„A sect, incidentally, is a religion with no political power.“

— Tom Wolfe
"The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening"

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