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TOM WOLFE awarded Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

World isn't all brain dead:

Tom Wolfe, whose list of best-sellers includes "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "The Right Stuff" and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.


Wolfe, 79, one of the early proponents of the free-wheeling "new journalism" in the 1960s, recounted his early reporting assignments and offered advice for future novelists: "First, leave the building and then sit down and write."


Today's Page Six reports that Tom Wolfe's daughter, 24 year-old Alexandra (or Charlotte Simmons, as most like to call her), has signed a deal with Broadway Books to pen American Coddle. The book is based on her Observer article about children being—you guessed it—coddled by their parents. If she gets this thing to the stands quickly enough, she may be the first non-fiction writer in history to compete with her own fictional alter-ego.


She has a better chance than most of making an interesting book.