A few words from Philip Roth September 23, 2008September 23, 2008 “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.” Share this:TweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related
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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.
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.