Good to see Mr. Wolfe backing down from his famous "your soul has died" article. He sounds Walker Percy-like in his seeing language as the crucial dividing line between man and beast.
Amazingly optimistic about America, he's a pessimist about the novel, saying the latter will go the way of the epic poem. He's likely right, which if true would make the hand-wringing over the lack of Catholic fiction academic. No one today is upset by the lack of Catholic epic poets.