Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and, most recently, Back to Blood. He lives in New York City.


In a passage from his latest book, The Kingdom of Speech, Tom Wolfe ponders why science has failed repeatedly to account for human speech, much less grasp what it means.

Author Tom Wolfe kicks off Newsweek's digital legacy with a look at the 25 years since his landmark novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, was published. He talks with Michael Moynihan about how Wall Street has changed since 1987 and where his characters would be today.