Book Review | Letting Go by Philip Roth

It’s not difficult to figure out why I love Letting Go. Philip Roth has long been my favorite author and this book takes place in both Iowa City and Chicago (the former I lived in previously, in the latter I currently reside) and allusions to classic literature abound. I also have a thing for first […]

Book Review | Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth

Philip Roth is one of my favorite authors, and while there is plenty to like about Sabbath’s Theater, I can’t help but feel that of the 15+ books of his I’ve read, none quite so perfectly showcases all the things that Roth does wrong. There’s a lot of evidence that Roth is a misogynist, and […]

Pulitzer vs. Short-List: 1980

Starting in 1980, the Pulitzer committee announced up to 3 short-listed books along with the winner of the award. I’ve decided to read all the short-listed books, and in some cases to re-read the Pulitzer, to see if I agree with their final decision. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 1980:The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer […]

Book Review | Operation Shylock: A Confession by Philip Roth

Philip Roth is the only author I can forgive for 6 page long paragraphs. As my friend Rachel recently said, “He makes language his bitch,” and that is certainly true in Operation Shylock: A Confession. On the surface, this book is about a fake Philip Roth, running around Jerusalem, speaking to the press, giving lectures, […]