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The Counterlife (Paperback)

by Philip Roth

Writing The UnAmericans: An Interview With Molly Antopol 1

I want to know who is in the most complicated place in the situation and then I’ll see how the environment is informing their lives.

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.

The League of Ordinary Gentlemen: A Conversation with Julian Barnes 3

"A friend of mine once said to me, why are so many of the characters in your novels so sort of wimpy and passive? ...I suppose it’s that I’m less interested in the typical hero who goes out and does things. My heroes don’t do things. Sometimes things are done to them."

Philip Roth Retires: 10 Lessons from the Professor of Desire 15

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.

Are You, Or Have You Ever Been, a Jewish Writer? 16

We were called up, one after another, and allotted two minutes each.  They sat in front of us, mostly late-middle aged, mostly female, presumably Jewish, all of them with reading glasses and notebooks—the scariest possible bar mitzvah crowd, deciding whom to invite to speak to their particular audiences, in San Diego or Palm Springs or Shaker Heights.