Monday, October 3, 2011

Tom Wolfe on Immigration

Tom Wolfe gives me comfort in many ways, this is yet another. No matter how pulp news writers think some new crop of immigrants is not going to "assimilate", they manage to without the help of the hand wringing news typist. In this clip, Wolfe speaks of his research for Back to Blood and The Human Beast.
Tom Wolfe had some kind words about Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism:
In the greatest hoax of modern history, Russia’s ruling “socialist workers party,” the Communists, established themselves as the polar opposites of their two socialist clones, the National Socialist German Workers Party (quicknamed “the Nazis”) and Italy’s Marxist-inspired Fascisti, by branding both as “the fascists.” Jonah Goldberg is the first historian to detail the havoc this spin of all spins has played upon Western thought for the past 75 years, very much including the present moment. Love it or loathe it, “Liberal Fascism” is a book of intellectual history you won’t be able to put down—in either sense of the term. –Tom Wolfe, author of Bonfire of the Vanities and I Am Charlotte Simmons
I am looking for a specific Wolfe quote that will be the basis of a chapter in How Many Borders Would You Like With That Socialism? and it might be in here (do not have time to watch the whole thing tonight):

In my first fiction story, Suki I (set in the early 2030s), Wolfe is given an homage near the end as one of the greatly misunderstood writers of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

All Tom Wolfe talks are fantastic. His "Clemens Lecture" is no exception.

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