It’s interesting: Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff is one of those rare things that worked equally well as a book and as a movie. And on relatively similar terms, too. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of trouble to turn a good book into a good movie, but not this time.
Tom Wolfe was 87, and one of the best writers of my time. Everybody’s going to be talking about The Right Stuff or his later works, but I always had a fondness for From Bauhaus to Our House. Wolfe made modern architecture fascinating; or, rather, he helped people understand why it was fascinating. Which is what nonfiction is supposed to do.
My prayers and good wishes to his family and loved ones.