Could it be that Tom Wolfe, who prides himself on basing his fiction on a great deal of reporting, simply hadn't done enough reporting to write his sex scenes?
By the way, I usually admire Wolfe for precisely that quality: his reporting and storytelling skills are so great that he doesn't have to get overtly political. But he does have political points (is there a more damning document on the '60s than "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"?). And while I have not read "I Am Charlotte Simmons" I found Lance Mannion's discussion of its politics very persuasive.
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