"I would vote for Bush if for no other reason than to be at the airport waving off all the people who say they are going to London if he wins again. Someone has got to stay behind." Ugh.
He wrote more bad stuff than good, so it's likely that his legacy will be just like that of his "three stooges" (Mailer, Updike, Irving)--i.e., not sure who all will be reading his stuff aside from Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
and Bonfire Of The Vanities
, tops. (A Man In Full
sold a jillion copies too but when was the last time you heard anyone talk about it?)
He turned into a preachy moralist in his old age because of BOTV's supersuccess and that led to a lot of cranky-old-man-ism. He took a huge chunk in the shorts from the godawful Charlotte Simmons
book and last that was heard of him was The Kingdom Of Speech
where he wrote a hasty little bash of Darwinism before tossing out his own load of pseudo-scientific explanation for the rise of man in a single or two pages at the very end...hey, everybody, speech evolved as a....mnemonic device!!
Hey, I just came up with that just now!!
And if you think that's bad, the ending of this essay is one of the worst loads of anti-intellectualism I've ever seen: http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/Wolfe-Sorry-But-Your-Soul-Just-Died.php
"Hey, everybody! Scientists are totally full of shit! Wheeee!"