“RIP Tom Wolfe,” wrote Julia Ioffe. “He would’ve been the perfect author to chronicle this age.”
“The two audacities in the book for me, [are] the eroticism of marriage, and talking about ambition.”
David Simon’s new series for HBO, “The Deuce,” has won acclaim for its character-driven look at the pornography industry’s start in 1970s New York.
It seems obvious to note that Jesus — like Don Juan, Oedipus and Count Dracula — has a cultural life having little to do with his original narrative. Although it is now widely believed that he did exist, Jesus is so buried in centuries of Christian tradition that in 1906 Albert Schweitzer declared the search for a historical Jesus dead. Every scholar, Schweitzer wrote, merely produces a Jesus in his own image. Geza Vermes, a one-time Catholic priest, Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford, and author of such books as “Jesus the Jew,” pointedly disagrees. As the title of his latest book suggests, he claims to have located the “Real Jesus” beneath the many guises of Christ.