Tom Wolfe’s Reflections on Language

(FTB) – Mano Singham:

E.J. Spode writes:

I simply cannot fathom how Wolfe can claim this idea for himself without slitting his wrists in a fit of self-loathing. How else could he write an entire book criticizing Chomsky’s method and his mathyness, and his shtetl Jewishness, and his faux-manly shirts and his politics and his spic and span air conditioned office and then, at the end of it all announce that he, Wolfe, has this brilliant insight – an insight that heretofore no licensed savant has ever had — and it turns out to be… a Chomsky Internet meme. And oh yeah, I almost forgot: He does this just a few chapters after accusing Darwin of not properly crediting someone else for their ideas.

singham 2016/10/04 slayer

Tom Wolfe: The Kingom of Speech



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