Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wolfe Howling in the House

Tonight in book club we did Tom Wolfe's From Bauhaus To Our House, his early eighties attack on uber-boring glass-box architecture and the ideology behind it.

Some people in our discussion took exception to his wild novelistic style. But it occurred to me that his style paralleled his theme, since his style was itself an attack on the stuffy NY Times sort of writing.

He savages the boring
With a marvelous outpouring
Of prose, which at full power
Goes one hundred miles per hour.

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