Nine unabridged essays from Hooking Up with five read by Tom Wolfe!
Only yesterday boys and girls spoke of embracing and kissing (necking) as getting to first base. Second base was deep kissing, plus groping and fondling this and that. Third base was oral sex. Home plate was going all the way. That was yesterday. Here in the year 2000 we can forget about necking. Today's girls and boys have never heard of anything that dainty. Today's first base is deep kissing, now known as tonsil hockey, plus groping and fondling this and that. Second base is oral sex. Third base is going all the way. Home plate is learning each other's names. And how rarely our hooked-up boys and girls learn each other's names!
Tom Wolfe ranges from coast to coast, chronicling everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers...to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves, thanks to the hot new fields of genetics and neuroscience...to the reasons why, at the dawn of a new millennium, no one is celebrating the second American Century.
Hooking Up is a chronicle of the here and now.
Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe
I have listened to this tape endless times in my car. The chapter on Bob Noyce and Intel is inspirational. The article on The New Yorker is the best send-up ever --you will never regard the magazine the same after hearing Wolfe. The chapter on genetics and race is exceptional. My Three Stooges is devastating. This is a series of essays that Wolfe has written over many years and reveals his exceptional intelligence and wit.
Essays of the Millennium
Tom Wolfe's "Hooking Up" features several essays focusing on technology, increasing sexuality and issues such as hate crimes during the general period of the years before the year 2000. His prose continues to provide insight into whilst satiring Western culture and his perceptions are written in order to achieve maximum laughter from the reader. The fiction piece "Ambush at Fort Bragg" is brilliant, and the title essay is intellectual satire at its best. I would recommend the collection to Wolfe enthusiasts and the general public alike.