Since I recently wrote about Tom Wolfe books, I’ve ventured out into a book of his essays: Hooking Up. My favorite so far is the hilarious “My Three Stooges,” which deals with the lukewarm reception paid to his novel, A Man in Full, by literary giants John Updike, John Irving, and Norman Mailer.
I’m still trying to figure out if Wolfe protests too much here, but ultimately it doesn’t matter either way: it’s a great piece of writing that made me like Wolfe even more.
I haven’t been able to find anything online but lengthy excerpts. The essay in its entirety can be found in Wolfe’s collection Hooking Up. Well worth it if you have any interest in feuds, these authors, or a behind-the-scenes look at some pettiness in the literary world.