Philip Roth

The 50 Greatest Campus Novels Ever Written

No matter how old you are, the back-to-school season holds a certain kind of allure – be it nostalgia for scholarly tradition, the crisping of the days, a Pavlovian need to buy books, or just the satisfaction that you don’t have to be in class ever again. If you’re looking to indulge yourself without the schoolwork, you may take pleasure in another hallowed tradition: the campus novel. That is, books concerning the lives of students, professors, and miscellaneous academics, generally in or around a college. Here are 50 of the… Read More

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50 of the Best Books You Haven’t Read by Authors You Already Love

Looking for something to read but don’t want to stray too far from the authors you know and love? Seeking undiscovered literary gems to talk about at dinner parties? Want to delve into the backlist of a certain Great American Author? Well, Flavorwire has got you covered. After all, sometimes, amazing books just get lost in the shuffle, whether it’s because they’re before their time, fall out of fashion, or their author has one blockbuster that blots out all the rest. Click through to check out 50 great under-appreciated, under-read, and overshadowed novels by 50 of your favorite… Read More

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Pre-Post-Fiction: Classic Novels That Blur the Line Between Real Life and Fiction

The New York Observer‘s review of Awl co-founder Choire Sicha’s new book is generating a bit of chatter in the corners of the Internet we frequent. The reviewer, Michael Miller, groups Sicha’s book with recent ones by Sheila Heti, Ben Lerner, and Tao Lin as what he terms a new wave of “post-fiction.” Post-fiction, he says, is characterized by a chiasmus between the real and the made-up, blurring the two into nonrecognition.” I would suggest that this genre is in fact far older than Miller suggests — it’s just that we used to call novels novels, back in the age when “Based on a True Story” was not worth its weight in marketing gold. … Read More

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Adelle Waldman’s Favorite Sad Young Literary Men

We enjoyed reading about the exploits of the young literary man at the center of Adelle Waldman’s debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. so much that we were eager to hear more about her favorite sad young literary men in fiction. Here’s what she told us: … Read More

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The Great Mia Farrow / Philip Roth ‘Sharknado’ Hoax of 2013

Last night, as 98.8% of Twitter finished up live-tweeting their thoughts and emotions on Sharknado, Syfy network’s C-grade film starring American Pie and Beverly Hills, 90210 alumni, Mia Farrow blew our minds with this tweet: … Read More

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Nobody Cares About Your Philip Roth Memories

Our list of annoying literary trends that need to be put to rest (e.g., titling every other piece “What We Talk About When We Talk About [insert subject here]“) will henceforth include any trivial Internet roasting of Philip Roth. … Read More

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The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any mortal in a lifetime. It’s hard to choose — especially if you’re a slow reader. So, to go along with the list of the best albums from 1963-2013, here you will find a single must-read book from each of the last 50… Read More

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27 Awesome Photos of Cultural Icons at Prom

Now that May is here, there’s no ignoring it: our tackiest American teenage rite of passage is approaching. That’s right, it’s prom season. Whether this conjures up cringe-worthy memories or no memories at all for you, not to worry — hosts of your favorite cultural icons have gone through it too, with varying degrees of grace. Click through for a collection of some of the greatest photos of actors, politicians, musicians, and even writers in their prom-night… Read More

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‘Philip Roth: Unmasked’ Might Convert Skeptics, But Doesn’t Do Much Unmasking

I’m not a Philip Roth fan. To be fair, I haven’t tried very hard to be. Sure, several years ago, at the insistence of a (male, Jewish) friend, I tried Portnoy’s Complaint, but couldn’t make it past 50 pages. It’s not that I found it shocking, of course – I was mostly just bored.  Since then, Philip Roth has settled into the category of authors I vaguely feel that I should be reading, but who I can never seem to get to when there are so many Calvino and Nabokov and Gaitskill books to divert my attention. This lukewarm disinterest has been encouraged by reports from the front – of Roth’s rampant misogyny in both life and art, of his distracting self-obsession in the same, of the idea that “he goes on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book. It’s as though he’s sitting on your face and you can’t breathe.” Now, where’s that ragged copy of Pnin? … Read More

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Fascinating Photos of Famous Authors as Teenagers

Over the weekend, Vol.1 Brooklyn pointed us towards a delightful collection of never-before-seen photographs of Ernest Hemingway as a teenager, in all his handsomely smug glory. Inspired, we took it upon ourselves to dig up a handful of snapshots of other legendary authors in those awkward (or not so awkward, as the case may be) teenage years, before they penned the words that made them… Read More

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