Philip Roth

Episode 453 – Nadine Sergejeff

Virtual Memories Show 453: Nadine Sergejeff “What you see when you enter the Philip Roth Personal Library are about three-thousand, seven hundred and twenty books* that have marginalia, are presentation copies, or are otherwise special.” [* Librarians are very exact] It’s part 2 of a 2-part show about the new Philip Roth Personal Library at…

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Episode 452 – Rosemary Steinbaum

Virtual Memories Show 452: Rosemary Steinbaum “His reading and his writing are intertwined. That’s the main theme of the Philip Roth Personal Library: a writer at work reading and a reader at work writing.” It’s part 1 of a 2-part show about the new Philip Roth Personal Library at the Newark Public Library! This week,…

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Episode 451 – Jacques Berlinerblau

Virtual Memories Show 451: Jacques Berlinerblau “I think what’s different about Roth is the wink and the nod and the game; he’s signaling to us in his fiction that he’s writing about events and people that are very close to him, and yet repeatedly denied doing so. No one else engaged in that gamesmanship with…

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Episode 387 – Benjamin Taylor

Virtual Memories Show 387: Benjamin Taylor “I had a reverent feeling about the writers of that generation. They were little children in the Great Depression, and they saw fear in their parents’ eyes, and it made workhorses of them.” Author, editor & memoirist Benjamin Taylor joins the show to talk about his wonderful new memoir,…

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Episode 313 – Nathan Englander

Virtual Memories Show 313: Nathan Englander “Why I like writing is: it always feels like the first book.” On the eve of his fifth book, the wonderful kaddish.com: A novel (Knopf), Nathan Englander looks back on 20 years of publishing. We get into how he wrote this novel at a breakneck pace compared to his…

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Episode 169 – David Mikics

Virtual Memories Show #169: David Mikics “These days, we tend to think of identity as something chosen; we put on certain masks or we identify as this or that, culturally, ethnically or politically. Bellow is interested in something much more basic: who we really are.” David Mikics joins the show to talk about his wonderful…

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