The glowing praise for Katharina Volckmer’s new novella mistakes shock value and self-pitying narcissism for profound cultural analysis
Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth biography finds neat patterns where there should be a mess
He was very sexual, deeply selfish, and content to be just that. It made for great writing, but at what cost?
After a lifetime of idolizing Philip Roth, I discovered a better role model much closer to home
Growing up in Israel, I had very clear ideas on what Jewish culture was supposed to mean. And then I read ‘Portnoy’s Complaint.’
Reconsidering the American Jewish icon as a modern master, not a stereotype
Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral raise more than $130,000
Admits he didn’t realize he’d never be free of its title character
Graphic pinpoints iconic scenes from novels, writers’ homes, and more
They lie. They cheat. The treat their kids terribly. This Father’s Day, be thankful your own dad is such a mensch.
Here’s what we imagine their on-camera conversation might look like
The fallen ad man turned to Portnoy’s Complaint on last night’s episode
The font, the women, the self-indulgence to hit big screen
The original ‘bad Jewish boy’ has died at 77
Actors stage a tribute to Roth with a reading
When I decided that my next book would include a gun, I went to a firing range for the first time—and loved it
Reading his last novels, I longed to dispel Roth’s gloom until I realized he wants me to just sit with it
Sendak and Roth each add their own bon mot
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