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Goodbye, Columbus : And Five Short Stories (Vintage International) (Paperback)

by Philip Roth

Life and Counterlife: Roth Unbound by Claudia Roth Pierpont 2

One thing that makes Roth Unbound interesting is that Pierpont was able to interview Roth in the first years of his retirement. You can feel Roth’s reflective, relaxed state of mind as he looks back on his career, cataloging his regrets and triumphs.

Taut, Not Trite: On the Novella 6

Most reviews of novellas begin with similar elements: the writer’s arbitrary word count parameter, why “novella” sounds more diminutive than “short novel,” and a lament that publishers are unwilling to support the form. This essay is not such an apology.

Finding an Audience Abroad: Who’s Read in France 17

Most literary novelists feel relatively confident they can sell copies of their newly published book to their parents, probably to their siblings, maybe (if they haven’t sparred too often over loud music or lawnmowers or leaf blowers) to their neighbors. Whose work gets read outside of America?

Philip Roth Retires: 10 Lessons from the Professor of Desire 16

People are animals. The flesh is weak. Beware of ideology. And New Jersey is beautiful.

Staff Picks: Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth 8

With its gallons of bodily fluids and its frankness about the attendant pneumatics, Sabbath's Theater makes Nicholson Baker's "manstarch" look like marzipan, and The Rosy Crucifixion look like Make Way for Ducklings.

Ether Between the Covers: Gifting Books in a Digital Age 13

Ask a Book Question (#59): Books for Recent Graduates 4