Exclusive: Gay Talese Remembers Tom Wolfe, the Godfather of New Journalism

May 15, 2018 - 8:36 am

Tom Wolfe's agent has confirmed to the New York Times that the chronicler and satirist of American culture, has died at age 88. 

Best know for his first novel, "Bonfire of the Vanities" and later "The Right Stuff," Wolfe's career began as a reporter for the Springfield Union in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1956. He was hired by the Washington Post in 1959.

KNX's Charles Feldman spoke with legendary journalist who remembered the author's life. 

Mike Sager, best-selling author and award-winning journalist who's written for many years for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone and Esquire also spoke with KNX on In-Depth about Wolfe's legacy in journalism and literature.

Wolfe has said that part of the reason he was hired by the Post was his lack of interest in politics. The Post's city editor was "amazed that Wolfe preferred local news to Capitol Hill, the beat every reporter wanted." He won an award from The Newspaper Guild for foreign reporting in Cuba in 1961 and also won the Guild's award for humor. 

"Bonfire of the Vanities" was adapted into a film, directed by Brian DePalma and "The Right Stuff," directed by Philip Kaufman. 

Gay Talese and Michael Lewis are remembering Wolfe as a generous writer and one who could not be easily imitated. 

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