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04/11/2013 08:31 am ET

Do Writers Really Retire? : The New Yorker

The recent PBS documentary “Philip Roth: Unmasked” buried the lede, as the expression goes—so deeply, in fact, as to not mention at all the most pertinent bit of news about its subject: Philip Roth has retired from writing. One of the filmmakers, Livia Manera, speaking to the Random House blog Word and Film, explained the decision to leave it out:

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