✓✓ Read Receipts: Mortality is a Bad Contract

A photograph of Philip Roth working at a table.

I've actually never read work by Philip Roth, I can't say he influenced me or that with his death I was particularly sad. But I can say that he seems to have left a fascinating body of work. I've read through these articles with a mind to reading some of his books.

  • If You've Never Read Philip Roth's Books, Here's Where to Start, in The New York Times. I'll be adding some of these books to my every-expanding reading pile.
  • These words worked on me like a hit of morphine. Like two hits. It felt as if I was no longer the occupant of my own body. The legs had gone weak, the ears warmed, the eyes watered, the heart rate increased rapidly. Barely able to keep myself upright, I told him, Thank you. In Which Philip Roth Gave Me Life Advice on The Paris Review.
  • The great thing about dying, Philip Roth told an interviewer in 2010, just after the publication of Nemesis, his last novel, is that you don't have to worry about reviews any more. Philip Roth: a titan of American letters, in the Financial Times.
  • Your grandparents die. And then in time your parents die. The truly startling thing is that your friends start to die. That's not in the plan Philip Roth on Mortality: "It's a Bad Contract, and We All Have to Sign It" on Literary Hub.
  • It's all the art of impersonation, isn't it? That's the fundamental novelistic gift … I am a writer writing a book impersonating a writer who wants to be a doctor impersonating a pornographer—who then, to compound the impersonation, to barb the edge, pretends he's a well-known literary critic. Philip Roth, The Art of Fiction No. 84 on The Paris Review.