Books: Generation Gaffes

MAUVE GLOVES & MADMEN, CLUTTER & VINE

by TOM WOLFE

243 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $8.95.

When people all about him are keeping their heads, Tom Wolfe can be counted on to lose his. Let him get within earshot of a consensus, an article of faith so obviously true that every right-thinking soul in the country must bow down, and he will ask. What is going on here? Wolfe has been posing the same question ever since he appeared, trailing clouds of asterisks, as the bad boy of '60s journalism. This collection of eleven articles (written between 1967 and 1976)...

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