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Jack ShaferThe New New category turns out to be not much more than a loose net to trap a bunch of writers Boynton happens to admire. Still, these interviews deepen our understanding of ''literary journalism,'' a more inclusive tag than either New or New New Journalism. Did New Journalism knock the novel off its pedestal, as Wolfe promised? Not really. Perhaps Wolfe interpreted the journalistic experiments of novelists like Mailer, Capote, Terry Southern and Joan Didion as defections presaging a revolution. Although many New journalists continue to be read, they haven't exactly displaced Bellow and Roth. Even Wolfe seemed to concede defeat when he abandoned the form to write novels of his own.
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