10/25/2012 01:44 pm ET

Tom Wolfe Takes Miami's Pulse In 'Back To Blood'

Tom Wolfe wrote his new novel, Back to Blood, entirely by hand. But the author of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities" also says that wasn't entirely by choice -- he'd rather have used a typewriter.

"Unfortunately, you can't keep typewriters going today -- you have to take the ribbons back to be re-inked," Wolfe tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "There's a horrible search to try to find missing parts."

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