Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Classic Tom Wolfe quote

It's trenchant and the last part of it is hilarious (how often he interweaves the two). From "The First Tycoon of Teen:"

Spector, while still in his teens, seemed to comprehend the prole vitality of rock and roll that has made it the kind of darling holy beast of intellectuals in the United States, England and France. Intellectuals, generally, no longer take jazz seriously. Monk, Mingus, Ferguson - it has all been left to little executive trainees with their first apartment and a mahogany African mask from the free-port shop in Haiti - let me tell you! - and a hi-fi.

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