“I have never conceived of myself for the length of a single sentence as an American Jewish or Jewish American writer.”
In an exclusive on-the-record interview with The Backward, three members of the Nobel Prize Committee broke off from listening to Abba to explain their reasons for awarding the Literature Prize to a 1960s folk singer who sounds like a punctured accordion.
Philip Roth, Stephen Sondheim and Art Spiegelman have lent their names to an open letter beseeching President Trump to reconsider restricting entry to the country for refugees from around the world and immigrants from a group of Muslim-majority countries.
In an interview with The Paris Review, Philip Roth talks about Ronald Reagan in terms shockingly similar to those he used to describe Trump.
Novelist Philip Roth has lashed out at President Trump as an ignorant “con man” who could do untold damage to the country.
‘Some of the great books by Jewish authors like Philip Roth or Saul Bellow, they are steeped with this sense of being an outsider.’
If whiteness is an easy, carefree, oblivious relationship to race, then it’s awfully difficult to classify Alexander Portnoy as white.
For Zadie Smith, Philip Roth’s transgressive characters helped create a new kind of literary freedom.
Visitors to Philip Roth’s library in Newark, will be able to see all 3,500+ of his volumes, including the 15 books he found most influential in the first half of his life.
Lipstadt, Smith and the New York Historical Society provide some of the weekend’s top Jewish cultural picks.