Back to Blood
Little, Brown: 704 pp., $30
About a quarter of the way through Tom Wolfe's new novel, "Back to Blood," pornography addiction specialist Dr. Norman Lewis waits with his nurse (and mistress) Magdelena Otero to be interviewed by a "60 Minutes" crew. Norman is delirious at the prospect of his star turn — so much so that he becomes a bit, er, overstimulated.
"'Now — while they're at the door!' " he grunts at Magdalena, who responds, " 'No, Norman! Are you crazy? … There's no time!'"
For Wolfe, the scene offers an opportunity to push the novel into...