16. Tom Wolfe
Now’s not the time for a literature lesson, so let’s get straight to the point. Tom Wolfe is the old man we should all aspire to be. He’s got a finely tuned, unique perspective on style. Nobody can fuck with that. When you’re old and brilliant and wildly accomplished beyond your craziest dreams, the absolute best you can hope for is to have a sliver of the steez he’s got. Oh, that and he’s written fifteen books, including “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”, which pioneered an entirely new school of journalism. So, that too. No big deal.