Ed Driscoll

Life Really Imitates Tom Wolfe

In 1969, Tom Wolfe wrote Radical Chic, his classic “new journalism” story of Leonard Bernstein welcoming the radical Black Panthers into his fashionable Park Avenue apartment and listening with glee, along with numerous other members of New York’s upper crust, as they announced their plans to Bring Down The Man.

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is going Bernstein one better: he’s giving the protestors arriving in New York to riot during the upcoming Republican convention at Madison Square Garden discounted tickets to Broadway shows, museums and restaurants.