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Remembering Philip Roth

The New Yorker - 28 May 2018
I walked to the mailbox and pulled out a sheaf of envelopes that included a letter from Philip Roth. I was twenty-nine and pregnant. I had written a book but assumed that no one would read it—and, anyway, I was preoccupied with three older children, a ...
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The Death of Philip Roth's 'Lox and Bagels' Judaism

The Nation. - 20 Jun 2018
The media have recently awoken to the phenomenon, often discussed in this column, that mainstream American Jewish culture and mainstream Israeli culture are in the process of permanently parting ways. It is particularly poignant to see this realization ...
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Philip Roth's Best Book

New York Times - 25 May 2018
The death of Philip Roth this week led to near instantaneous debate about which of his books was his best. There was the transgressive Roth; the epic, historical Roth; the personal, memoiristic Roth; the postmodernist playful Roth. His genius has been ...
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How Philip Roth Portrayed Women in His Works

New York Times - 03 Jun 2018
When I imagine a woman writing about men with the same tone of rapacious objectification as we were subjected to for 50 years under the mind-bending thrall of Philip Roth, I am left at one place only: I know — and many women who write know — that to ...
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What Made Philip Roth the Great American Postwar Novelist

Slate Magazine - 24 May 2018
Philip Roth's books are so slim next to the adjectives one might attach to them. They give off the feeling of having been epic, individually, collectively, though when next to Infinite Jest or a Pynchon, each is so tiny. His sentences were so ordinary ...
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I Have to Ask: The James Wood Edition

Slate Magazine - 22 Jun 2018
He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the complicated legacies of Philip Roth and Tom Wolfe, whether a critical eye is helpful in fiction writing, and the complications involved in reading the novels of bad men. Advertisement. Email:
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Appreciation: Philip Roth

Wall Street Journal - 25 May 2018
Philip Roth dead? Expelled, this genie of biting comedy? Inconceivable. He was always on the scene, and with each irrepressible new work seemed virtually to be making a scene. Uncontainable and unquenchable, he was a steady presence that could not ...
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The forgotten political genius of Philip Roth - 03 Jun 2018
The American writer in the middle of the 20th century has his hands full in trying to understand, and then describe, and then make credible much of the American reality,” the novelist Philip Roth wrote in an essay called “Writing American Fiction ...
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On Philip Roth

Arkansas Times - 30 May 2018
The recent death of Philip Roth, America's greatest living novelist, came as shock. Although he was 85, and had written movingly of his failing health, the strength of his voice never faltered. "Old age isn't a battle," Roth wrote in his 2007 novel ...
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Remembering Philip Roth, 1933–2018

The Nation. - 25 May 2018
He could have done stand-up. In fact, he did sometimes upend a party riffing on the plot of a ridiculous movie like The Boys From Brazil, and just last month told me over dinner that a producer had wanted to make a musical out of Nemesis, his dark tale ...
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Jeff Goldblum, A Flirt And A Half, Is A Philip Roth Fan

Forward - 18 Jun 2018
So now you know that if Jeff Goldblum flirts with you by, for instance, saying “I think Philip Roth would be very enjoyable for us to read to each other; to read to each other lost on a deserted island together” — a real statement he made to Marchese ...
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A Letter from Philip Roth

The New Yorker - 24 May 2018
As it turned out, the envelope contained a bona fide letter of appreciation from Philip Roth, a response to a story of mine that The Atlantic had just published, “Saint Marie.” The day before, I'd bought a bag of shrimp that cost eight dollars. I had ...
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The Presence of Philip Roth

The New Yorker - 24 May 2018
It won't come as a surprise to anyone that Philip Roth could really hold up his end of the conversation. But, between the stories and the reflections, the high jinks and the brilliant analysis, he was also the most generous audience one could hope to have.
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The world of literature owes a lot to Philip Roth's inner demons

Los Angeles Times - 27 May 2018
A character in one of Roth's books said that in today's world everyone has an opinion, but no criterion. Daum submitted her opinion on Roth's hidden demons, but I really don't care. I only care about great literature, and without Roth's inner demons we ...

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