Peter Robinson engages America’s master novelist in a conversation that ranges from the death of the American novel to the "charming aristocracy" that seeks to dictate literary standards to the intersection of culture and the latest findings in neuroscience.
Along the way, Tom Wolfe reaffirms his place as the preeminent chronicler of the changing American scene- Hoover Institution
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
Dr. Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe is an American author and journalist, best known as one of the founders of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Wolfe graduated from St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia before attending Washington and Lee University as an undergraduate. He then went on to graduate from Yale University with a Ph.D. in American Studies.
Tom Wolfe is the author of many books including I Am Charlotte Simmons, Hooking Up, A Man in Full, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Purple Decades, From Bauhaus to Our House, In Our Time, The Right Stuff, Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine, The Painted Word, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Pump House Gang and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.
Tom Wolfe locates himself in the American style of journalistic novelists like Sinclair Lewis and John Steinbeck. Wolfe claims this approach directly challenges the exclusiveness of the charming aristocracy.