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(This article originally appeared on March 11, 2013. We are reposting it in honor of Tom Wolfe who passed away on Monday.–ed.)
Perhaps there was a time when great writers were welcomed in academia and appreciated the time they spent there. This isn’t that time. “Today in the Great Recession, the liberal arts are kind of like a pleasure dome,” best-selling journalist and novelist Tom Wolfe said at a dinner sponsored by the National Association of Scholars (NAS). “Very seldom are universities asked the question, ‘What are the liberal arts?”
Wolfe’s career as a novelist dates back three decades, but he has been a professional writer for more than a half century. Wolfe’s first novel, Bonfire of the Vanities, set records on the New York Times bestseller list. “Today, many people with their doctorates cannot find jobs, particularly if they majored in gender studies,” Wolfe said. “Who’s going to pay you to

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