The Kingdom of Speech


the-kingdom-of-speech-by-tom-wolfeTom Wolfe’s new book is a short (170-page) tour de force. The writing, as always, erupts off the page with vitality. This time, Wolfe aims his barbs at the unlikely target of linguistics, and the revered (in some circles) Noam Chomsky … who must now live with Wolfe’s “Noam Charisma.” The idea of how language – the single trait separating us from animals – came about is challenging. The way Wolfe goes about pulling down the Darwinists is pure fun.

Ken Roman


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