A few words from Philip Roth

“A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy till they die.”

“History… is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

“I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you – it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.”

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”

“When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it.”

2 thoughts on “A few words from Philip Roth

  1. Kathy says:

    He sure got that last one right. I don’t think all authors understand that.

    He’s an interesting guy. I’m looking forward to the next two books in my class.

  2. Elena says:

    I love the last one too. I love that books are a conversation across space and time (I guess blogs are too!) and there’s a point where we have to let go of what we meant to say and allow its interpretation by the reader. That might be the hardest part of it.

    Absolutely. I think sometimes readers will take away feelings or thoughts unintended by the author. This can be good or bad, but it’s different for every person that reads it. It is nice to see an author acknowledge that instead of trying to tell us what he or she meant.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s