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Tom Wolfe`s next book is on immigration
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March 12, 2006, 11:57 PM
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Tom Wolfe`s next book is on immigration: Joseph Rago interviews Wolfe in the WSJ:

"I`ve begun the research for a book on immigration," he notes. "When people ask me what I`m doing, I always tell them that, and the response is always the same. `How interesting`—and then their heads fall over. `God, how dull can it be.` . . . But immigration I swear is an exciting topic." Don`t worry: Tom Wolfe, the man of the world, will be back. "Of course," his voice touched with autumn, "I have to find some economical way to do the research that won`t take forever. Careers don`t last forever, you know."

Inadvertently illustrating how sniffily uninterested the media are with immigration, we find this passage in Rago`s interview with Wolfe:

"I also believe in the United States. I think this is the greatest nation that ever existed, still is. It`s really the only really democratic country in the world. Find me one country, just one country in the entire world that would let a foreign people—different culture, different language, and in many cases different color than the majority of the native stock—take over politically an entire metropolitan area in less than one generation. I`m talking about the Cubans in Miami . . ."

Mr. Wolfe has a habit of using experience and anecdote to gird an argument or shade a meaning, and he carries on like this for some time.