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Portnoys Complaint

When the Eye Is Better Than the Ear

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

Voice casting for audiobooks is particularly tricky with fiction. In addition to the many different characters a reader has to deliver, the most important voice to capture is the writer's literary voice -- assuming there is one.

Movie Review: Philip Roth: Unmasked

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Philip Roth may be our greatest living writer. So why would he give himself over to filmmakers who would make a movie as dull, superficial and pedantic as Philip Roth: Unmasked?

Philip Roth, 79, Is Retiring. What to Read? Start With the Book He Wrote at 26: Goodbye, Columbus

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 01.12.2013 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Maybe you've read Roth. If so, you might have read his "dirtiest" book, Portnoy's Complaint. Or one of the short, recent novels, like The Humbling. But in the end, I'd lure you to Roth or remind you of his greatness with what he wrote at the beginning.

Why Is 'Portnoy's Complaint' Such An Enduring Novel?

Bernard Avishai | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Bernard Avishai

Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint was a prodigy's most sensational fiction, not coincidentally about a prodigiously articulate hero.

The Philip Roth Reader: Both Of The Great American Pastimes

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

Who are the great baseball writers? Roger Angell, Bill James, George Will (eing a lifetime Chicago Cubs fan has to count for something). Oh yeah -- and Philip Roth in Portnoy's Complaint.

The Philip Roth Reader: Softball, Sex, Portnoy And That Whole 60s Thing

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

Portnoy's Complaint is, after all, a portrait of the artist as a young shark. He's constantly on the move; even if his body holds still long enough to lie on the analyst's couch, that brain is a perpetual motion machine.

The Philip Roth Reader: Who Cares What Kind of Husband He Was?

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

Bad novels happen to good people, and vice versa, and I honestly don't care what kind of a husband Philip Roth was as long as he wakes up every morning and goes to work.