On the Night Table

This morning I finished Tom Wolfe’s “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” which holds up as a snapshot of the decadent Eighties. I’ve since made it thirty pages into Lorrie Moore’s “Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?,” a stunningly well-written remembrance of a childhood friendship. Next on the list is Joseph McBride’s book-length interview with Howard Hawks, titled (logically enough) “Hawks on Hawks,” loaned to me by a friend.