The Author in Full


| January 23, 2001


The Author in Full, Midge Decter, Commentary Magazine
Author Tom Wolfe, of white-suit and forked-tongue fame, has a new book of essays out called 'Hooking Up.' (The book cover itself bears no title--only a drawing of a series of interlocked metal circles.) And, while many of the articles contained within are entertaining and perceptive to varying degrees, the entire volume has 'the air of having been cleared off Wolfe's desk to make room for his next large and ambitious work,' writes Midge Decter in Commentary Magazine. Decter takes on both the book and the man himself in this entertaining profile. She realizes that 'Hooking Up' is not quite up to snuff, but based on the strength of the Wolfean canon-especially his recent 'The Author in Full-Decter awaits 'with eagerness' Wolfe's next major work. 'For now,' she writes, 'he has lovingly gotten both feet sunk deeply and inextricably into the muck.'
--Anjula Razdan
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