2 There's a Royal Wedding coming up at the end of the week. It's all over the media. My mother is sitting in front of an afternoon TV show in which Michael Buerk talks about royal cakes. Once upon a time I'd have relieved my feelings with a little light satire, but I'm tired of satire. It achieves nothing. Dictators hate it- because paranoia goes with the job- but when has it ever affected anything in a democracy?
3 Tom Wolfe has died. His most important work was done in the 60s and 70s and his most famous work in the 80s. At his peak he may have been the best writer in America. He wrote about hippies and astronauts and yuppies- and other quaintly amusing historical types. What a long time ago the 20th century is.