Tom Wolfe

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Phil Spector at work in a studio in 1965. File photograph: Getty

Phil Spector, the music producer behind some of pop music’s biggest hits, has died aged 81 while serving a prison sentence for murder. Media reports (...)

‘Radical laws and sharp ruptures from the status quo require either decisive majorities or support from the other side. A divided electorate allows for neither.’

As ever, Tom Wolfe got there first. Readers had expected the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities to “do” Los Angeles or Chicago after his treatment (...)

Chuck Yeager poses at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1985, in front of the rocket-powered Bell X-IE plane that he flew when he broke the sound barrier. Photograph: AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac

Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the Second World War fighter pilot ace and test pilot who became the first person to fly faster than sound in 1947, has died a(...)

The Mercury Seven – Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton – in Tom Jennings’s The Real Right Stuff

In 1972, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner dispatched New Journalism superstar Tom Wolfe to cover Apollo 17, Nasa’s last manned mission to the moon.(...)

Recued astronaut Jim Lovell aboard USS Iwo Jima reading a newspaper about the crew’s successful recovery operations, in April 1970. Photograph: AFP via Getty

It’s “we’ve had” not “we have”. And it was spoken by Jack Swigert, not Jim Lovell. I guess we’re all pretty inured to Hollywood making historical mis(...)

RIP: Dolores O’Riordan, Aretha Franklin, Myrtle Allen and Stephen Hawking. Photographs: Tim Roney/Getty, Fred A Sabine/NBC via Getty, Eric Luke and Santi Visalli/Getty

Ireland Dolores O’Riordan in 2007. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien January 15th Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan February 9th Form(...)

Anthony Bourdain: “Where are all the old chefs? Like old pigeons, you don’t see them. So they’re probably dead.” Photograph: Alex Welsh/The New York Times

There was only one question during the interview that stumped him for a second. “Why are people so fascinated by chefs?” I asked Anthony Bourdain on a(...)

 Writer Tom Wolfe arrives at Time magazine’s 100 most influential people dinner in New York, US, April  2005. File photograph: Jeff Christensen/Reuters

Tom Wolfe, the essayist, journalist and author of bestselling books including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vani(...)

Yvonne Watterson with her students in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: Jeff Topping

US president Donald Trump is due to announce on Tuesday whether he will scrap a programme which gives work permits to undocumented people who were bro(...)

Yvonne Watterson has been luckier than Guadalupe ‘Lupita’ García de Rayos.

I can barely remember a time when I did not harbour a desire to go to the United States, eager to take what American historian and political commentat(...)

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