John Dugdale

Miami Splice

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In the opening chapter of Tom Wolfe’s latest novel, Ed Topping, editor of the Miami Herald, has just watched his wife lose an argument in a restaurant car park – a defeat that will come to seem emblematic – with a woman who refuses to speak anything but Spanish. Religions are dying, he muses, but ‘everybody still has to believe in something … and that leaves only the bloodlines that course through our bodies’. For Latinos, Arabs, WASPs like himself, everyone, there is ‘no choice but – Back to blood!

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