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American Pastoral

The End Is Not the Means

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

My view may be simplistic, but it is this: novels engage the reader by telling stories. An ambiguous end to a novel is not a problem -- ambiguity is fine. In fact, it may be the most truthful way for a novel to end.

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.

Five Important Philip Roth's Books

Felipe Munhoz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Felipe Munhoz

Some of the Philip Roth's novels had more importance in my narrative -- and in my life -- than others. I'll try to list five of them. And I will not affirm that they are the best ones written by Mr. Roth, who wrote several masterpieces.

In Harlem, a Happy Reason to March

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 09.19.2012 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

At this weekend's "Literacy Across Harlem March, Book Donation and Celebration," Harlemites and anyone else who wants to participate can come out this Saturday and assert the importance of real, live books.

Joe Satran

Who Will Star In The 'American Pastoral' Movie?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Satran | Posted 05.31.2012 | Entertainment

It's finally, really happening. Philip Roth's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "American Pastoral," often considered the 79-year-old legend's mast...

Philip Roth's "The Humbling": Axler's Theater

The New York Review of Books | Elaine Blair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Axler's Theater Elaine Blair The New York Review of Books "The Humbling" by Philip Roth. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 140 pp., $22.00 One of the ...

Philip Roth and Woody Allen: Have I Got a Girl for You!

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Roth and Allen are producing works it's difficult not to describe as clichés. What could be more commonplace than men obsessed with proving that male elders remain attractive to their female juniors?

The Philip Roth Reader: When He Was Good He Was Very, Very Good -- and Something of a Feminist

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

Required reading: When She Was Good, which can be reduced, for those who prefer sound bites, to the story of a girl who had no choice.