|The recently departed Tom Wolfe helped usher in The New Journalism of the 1960s.|
GSL just loved the way his always beautifully tailored ice cream suit sneered at convention. In addition to writing the blockbuster and decade defining Bonfire of the Vanities, Mr Wolfe introduced Radical Chic.
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In The Blue Grotto, Anthony Blanche gave his withering assessment of Charles Ryder's pictures...and life. I was thunderstruck at how author Evelyn Waugh, no doubt speaking about, and to, his clever and talented aristocratic friends thru Blanche, touched on something that is killing far more than Art & Love in contemporary society. This uniquely Anglo Affectation later crossed the Atlantic (The Den's Investigative Team suspects in a case of Pimms) mutating into a Puritanical Strain noticed quite famously by Tom Wolfe in his iconic essay: Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's.
The Radical Chic strain found eager hosts in Ivy League Faculty Lounges, UES and Georgetown Salons manifesting in a dogma infecting today's Ruling Elite not just in America but wherever The Well Bred wish to preen in a setting The Den identifies as Maslow's Penthouse. Often referred to as Political Correctness, and derided as silly and ridiculous, which it is, but if examined closely, is far more malignant.
Those stylish and shapely female habitues of Maslow's Penthouse GSL refers to as Bergdorf Blondes even though their beautifully coiffed tresses may be of any hue.
Glamour is their False Prophet.