Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. “Tom Wolfe and The Painted Word”

Firing Line, YouTube, July 9, 1975.

Guest: Tom Wolfe


“The Painted Word” had angered whichever portions of the intelligentsia had not previously been hostile to Tom Wolfe. As Mr. Buckley points out, the book mercilessly dissects “a social phenomenon, the hold of a few art critics on art, fashion and the grotesqueries to which a middle class is willing to submit in order to distinguish itself from the philistia whence it came.”