Read Christopher Hitchens’ 1983 Mother Jones Article on Tom Wolfe: “A Wolfe in Chic Clothing”

The “Bonfire of the Vanities” author passed away today at 88.

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Tom Wolfe has died. The Right Stuff author, who National Review founder William F. Buckley once called “probably the most skillful writer in America,” was the subject of a 1983 Mother Jones cover story written by none other than the late Christopher Hitchens. That article, “A Wolfe in Chic Clothing,” is reproduced below.

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