Dan Wakefield’s memoirs include New York in the Fifties, which was made into a documentary film.His most recent book is Spiritually Incorrect: Finding God in All the Wrong Places (Skylight Paths).
Christianity in this country has become almost synonymous with right-wing fanaticism, conservative politics and--courtesy of Mel Gibson--a brutally sadistic version of religious experience.
The best memoirs of recent years reveal "The Way We Live Now" as well as
or better than most contemporary fiction.
A review of Cherry, by Mary Karr; On Writing, by Stephen King; and Ghost Light, by Frank Rich.
Back in the fifties, before the term "new journalism" was coined, back when Gay Talese was writing minor obituaries for the New York Times, Tom Wolfe was a grad student at Yale and Joan Di