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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Philip Roth obituary: Poignantly humane novelist set on emancipating American literature from respectability

Tall, curly-haired Phil (as he was known in the family) was passionate about baseball. He regularly attended minor league baseball games at Ruppert Stadium in Newark, and devoted The Great American Novel (1973) to the mythologies of baseball set against the harsher realities of communist subversion and anti-communism. He was supporter of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

[The Breast] was followed by The Great American Novel. Asked by a Sports Illustrated journalist why he wrote about baseball, Roth remarked: “Because whaling’s been done.”

QLE Posted: May 23, 2018 at 05:04 AM | 105 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: baseball novels, obituary, philip roth, the great american novel

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   101. perros Posted: May 25, 2018 at 06:18 PM (#5679738)
People are ########. So if you are famous, it's just that everyone knows it.

Seriously, what kind of miserable morons get on facebook and speak ill of the dead -- something none of them would have had the courage or even the willingness to do when they were sucking up to the Famous Author.

Roth was undoubtedly more tolerant of these fools than he should have been, but hey, ya gotta live somewhere.
   102. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 29, 2018 at 03:29 PM (#5681565)
I'm a few hours into the Cryptonomicon now and enjoying it. It's kind of Pynchon-lite which I mean as a compliment. Can't wait to find out why Bobby Shaftoe named his son after Douglas Macarthur.
   103. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: May 29, 2018 at 03:43 PM (#5681577)
People are ########. So if you are famous, it's just that everyone knows it.

Seriously, what kind of miserable morons get on facebook and speak ill of the dead -- something none of them would have had the courage or even the willingness to do when they were sucking up to the Famous Author.

Roth was undoubtedly more tolerant of these fools than he should have been, but hey, ya gotta live somewhere.


QFT, by the way.
   104. Lassus Posted: May 29, 2018 at 04:14 PM (#5681623)
re: #102, was wondering what you landed on. Let me know how it goes.
   105. Lassus Posted: May 29, 2018 at 04:18 PM (#5681630)
10) Mongoliad -- bored me. Did he even write this, or just contribute some ideas?

I feel like I remember this was a group-writing thing, but I'd have to revisit to know for sure.
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