Tom Wolfe Quotes

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A cult is a religion with no political power.
He was learning for himself the truth of the saying, "A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested."


As hand-to-hand combat has gradually disappeared from our civilization ... Americans have turned to the automobile to satisfy their love  of direct aggression.


The New York Times bestseller list only has four categories.  There ought to be a fifth category for autobiography. Or perhaps we should call it handicapped nonfiction.


There it was, the Rome, the Paris, the London of the twentieth century, the city of ambition, the dense magnetic rock, the irresistible destination of all those who insist on being where things are happening.

New York City

Radical Chic invariably favors radicals who seem primitive, exotic, and romantic, such as the grape workers, who are not merely radical and "of the soil" but also Latin; the Panthers, with their leather pieces, Afros, shades, and shoot-outs; and the Red Indians, who, of course, had always seemed primitive, exotic, and romantic.
— Tom Wolfe


A person has all sorts of lags built into him, Kesey is saying. One, the most basic, is the sensory lag, the lag between the time your senses receive something and you are able to react. we are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we are in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of what happened in the past.

time perception