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Wolfe’s Confession



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From an episode of Uncommon Knowledge that I shot with Tom Wolfe in 1999, the year he spent a few months here at Stanford researching collegiate life:


PETER ROBINSON: I’m going to quote…from an essay. [Proceeding to read from Wolfe's famous essay in Forbes ASAP:]

“I had a picture of modern man plunging headlong back into the primordial ooze….He’s floundering, sloshing about, gulping for air, frantically treading ooze when he feels something huge and smooth swim up beneath him and boost him up like some almighty dolphin. He can’t see it, but he’s much impressed. He names it God.”

Does Tom Wolfe believe in God?

TOM WOLFE: No.




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