Writing about Philip Roth
in 1984, Martin Amis made this aside: “Though they all want it…writers tend to
be distrustful of the ridiculous accident of bestsellerdom.” True, we do all
want this ridiculous accident, for all the reasons anyone wants what money can
bring. And yes, we should be distrustful of it, since writers can’t pretend
hey don’t know what bestsellerdom usually means—populist and puerile fare.
The bard of Newark and one of the masters of American postwar prose, Philip Roth, has told a French publication that he is done writing books, having penned classics like "American Pastoral" and the masterpiece of masturbation "Port...
Actor Ewan McGregor will direct a feature film adaptation of Philip Roth’s bestselling novel American Pastoral. This will the McGregor’s first time out behind the camera. McGregor will also star in the film along with Jennifer Conne...
Other than the phrase “posted by Philip Roth” (Really? Roth a blogger?), there’s nothing particularly astonishing about the author’s open letter to Wikipedia, which ran on the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog Friday afternoon.