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Friday, June 02, 2006

Roth, The Pig

Chicago Tribune cultural critic Julia Teller revives an old grouse: that Philip Roth is a sexist, misogynist pig. While praising his writing skills and novelistic talents, she points out -- and there's more than a grain of truth in this -- that "the distance between Roth's treatment of women and, given his immense talent, what it could be -- as funny and quirky and scandalously revealing and incisively profane as his rendering of men -- is cause for profound disenchantment." She still has hope, however: "He can surely do better by his women. He can come around. We'll be waiting."


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