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It Does Happen Here in HBO's 'The Plot Against America'

The organic growth of everyday American fascism and the understanding that pogroms are not a uniquely European phenomenon is rendered in stark and terrifying detail in David Simon's adaptation of Philip Roth's alternate historical novel, The Plot Against America.

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'Eastman Was Here' Is Curious, Assured and Compelling

There's a ghostly suggestion of Philip Roth's writing voice in Portnoy's Complaint in this novel; a relatively calm voice, this time in the third person, documenting the madness.

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If the Aim of Literature Is to Spark Debate, Philip Roth Has Succeeded

This sprawling collection of Philip Roth's nonfiction is often insightful, sometimes fascinating, and occasionally overlong.

Culture

A Feminist Reads Philip Roth

Thoughts about Philip Roth's The Dying Animal, as brought on by the season six episode of Girls, "American Bitch".

Rachel Stroup
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'All That Is' Is Surprising but Inevitable

James Salter has waited several years to publish his most recent novel. The result is unusually intelligent and graceful storytelling.

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A Remarkable Portrait of a Reclusive American Treasure: 'American Masters Philip Roth: Unmasked'

Philip Roth comes off as a gentler man than we might imagine, and when he speaks or reads from his work he never disappoints.

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The Meek Will Not Inherit the Earth in Barbara Kingsolver's 'Flight Behavior'

Barbara Kingsolver trained as a biologist, and like Margaret Atwood, is a passionate advocate of ecological sustainability, using her writing to entertain while educating, thus sugarcoating an otherwise bitter pill.

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In America, Imagination is a Third Party: The Presidency in Fiction

Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?

Books

The Humbling by Philip Roth

Simon Axler, a stage and screen actor of near legendary stature, has earned the “reputation as the last of the best of the classical American stage actors.” The novel begins: “He’d lost his magic.”

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Invisible by Paul Auster

Paul Auster is a spellbinding storyteller, sometimes thanks to, and other times in spite of, his post-modern narrative trickery.

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The Shape of Things to Come by Greil Marcus

Convinced as I was by Marcus' readings, I couldn't help noticing that the primary subjects of all four chapters were works produced by white men: Philip Roth, David Lynch, Bill Pullmanm and David Thomas.

Erika Nanes
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Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

No one can complain that Philip Roth, of all authors, is politically correct, or that he pretends to be something other than his highly sexualized, readily outraged, and coruscatingly intelligent self.

Michael Antman
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Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella

Acocella's volume represents the hard word of creativity in the embodiment of a critic's perspective and finds something coherent in the chaos of art.

Bradford R. Pilcher
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The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon finally unleashes the genre storyspinner who has been lurking inside him all these years.

Chris Barsanti
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Everyman by Philip Roth

Everyman is of a piece with Roth's oeuvre and yet somehow distinct and unique.

Steve Shymanik
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My Life As a Narrator

Justin Cober-Lake looks at Philip Roth's My Life as a Man, an early and under-appreciated book in the writer's canon that sets the postmodern narrative tone for his future works.

Justin Cober-Lake

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