Following on from my post of yesterday about the unfortunate demise of Tom Wolfe, here's a wonderful interview of him in Time magazine referring to his love of white suits...
- In your books you pay meticulous attention to what people wear, as signals of status.
- Clothing is a wonderful doorway that most easily leads you to the heart of an individual; it’s the way they reveal themselves.
- Some critics say you judge a man by the shoes he wears.
- I take some solace in knowing that Balzac was criticized the same way — he was obsessed with furniture. Details are of no use unless they lead you to an understanding of the heart. It’s no mystery; it has to do with the whole subject of status.
- What would you say about a character who wears a handsomely cut vanilla-colored suit on a winter day in New York, with a lilac tie and matching striped shirt with a collar seven stripes high, and shoes custom-designed to appear to have white spats?
- I was afraid you might mention that. I suppose I might say, “Here’s somebody who’s trying to call attention to himself.” But I leave that to others to interpret. It’s always hard to describe yourself.
- Does it bother you to be called a “dandy”?
- Not at all. Writers, whether they want to admit it or not, are in the business of calling attention to themselves. My own taste is counter-bohemian. My white suits came about by accident. I had a white suit made that was too hot for summer, so I wore it in December. I found that it really irritated people — I had hit upon this harmless form of aggression!
Some can wear white... Others should not!