Tom Wolfe – a literary arsonist

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Even at 85, writer Tom Wolfe – Bonfire of the Vanities and literary journalism with devastating insights into social mores – doesn’t seem to have lost his bite. He once said: “If you are not having a fight with somebody then you are not sure whether you are alive when you wake up in the morning.” His latest provocative book, Kingdom of Speech, takes scud-missile-force pot shots at Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and linguist Noam Chomsky. He’s an atheist not a creationist but thinks scientists have a nasty habit of cobbling ideas together and calling them truth, only to find they are not standing on solid ground.

Born 2 March 1931 2.12am Richmond, Virginia (astrotheme), he has a quick-witted 3rd house Pisces Sun and Mercury in Aquarius also in the 3rd which is the journalistic house. His Sun is trine Jupiter in Cancer and opposition a 9th house Neptune – so he’s not short of confidence or creativity. He’s from the focal point Uranus in Aries generation, so innovative and destabilising. His Uranus North Node square Jupiter Pluto and widely square Saturn (Venus) in Capricorn. His Pluto is 8th house conjunct Mars in Cancer – so he’s certainly sitting on a volcano of anger. That Pluto also has the potential to give him great influence.

His writers’ 21st Harmonic is very strongly aspected – with a Fixed Grand Cross; a Grand Trine formed into two Kites; and a Yod. A great deal of talent and several of his bon motes have made it into currency – radical chic, The Me Decade, the Right Stuff, Master of the Universe, statusphere.

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  1. Marjorie: Still saddened by Gene Wilder’s passing. Not only was he a brilliant comedic actor who gave me much happiness through the years, but I always loved his face–so expressive and so changeable–which of course reflected his Gemini sun. Definitely not a handsome guy in the conventional sense, but what a wonderful face. Much has been made of the great love/marriage between Wilder and Gilda Radner. As legend has it, theirs was a perfect match. Her untimely death served to perpetuate the legend. Yet there have been hints of discord between the two. Wilder once revealed that Radner was terribly needy and that there were squabbles. Can you shed some planetary light on their relationship? Was it the stuff of Hollywood mythology? Or the real thing?

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