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  • Ewan McGregor to direct adaptation of Philip Roth’s ‘American Pastoral’

    February 20, 2015 | 11:28 am

    The film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral” just gained a lot more hype.

    Ewan McGregor, the acclaimed Scottish actor known for his roles “Trainspotting” and the “Star Wars” franchise, announced on Wednesday that he will make his...

  • Sacred and profane: Philip Roth, onetime ‘enfant terrible,’ gets seminary honor

    May 23, 2014 | 11:12 am

    “What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light.

  • Author Philip Roth to retire after final interview with the BBC

    May 20, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Writer Philip Roth, one of the world's most revered novelists, confirmed he will retire from writing and public appearances in a final interview with the BBC.

    Roth, 81, who has written more than 30 books and won numerous awards, spoke to the BBC for a two-part documentary shot in...

  • From dark deprecation to ‘Suddenly, Love’

    April 9, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Back in 1988, no less august an observer than Philip Roth described the authorial voice of esteemed Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld as one “that originates in a wounded consciousness pitched somewhere between amnesia and memory, and that situates the fiction it narrates midway...

  • Jersey boy ponders his home state’s governor

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 13, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    I was once a Jersey boy. I grew up in Nutley, N.J., just about 20 minutes from Manhattan. I still wear my T-shirt from Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, N.J. — known to many as the maker of the best hot dog in America.  

    Even when New York City was the central core of Jewish America (before...

  • Q&A: Philip Roth and the Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 31, 2013 | 4:35 am

    Hana Wirth-Nesher holds the Samuel L. and Perry Haber Chair on the Study of the Jewish Experience in the United States at Tel Aviv University, where she is also professor of English and American studies, and director of the Goldreich Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and...

  • Philip Roth — still (a)roused

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 28, 2013 | 8:49 am

    The camera opens on a frazzled Philip Roth.

    He is futzing with the horseshoe of hair he has left, rubbing his face and furrowing his unruly brow as a look of supreme unease settles over his face. For a man who recently announced his retirement, he seems a bit stressed. And for a...

  • Michael Chabon’s search for authentic expression

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2013 | 6:29 am

    A writer walks into a room full of rabbis. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. In the words of Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose,” “It’s the emes.” The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) held the Reform movement’s annual rabbinical convention March...

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,...

  • Mel Brooks and Philip Roth on Jewishness, work and love

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 15, 2013 | 10:17 am

    It was almost too much that Mel Brooks and Philip Roth were set to appear together in the same room. It was almost a relief that for their back-to-back press conferences promoting the PBS “American Masters” series, Roth was streamed via satellite into Pasadena’s ritzy Langham Hotel...

  • November 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 11:10 pm


    “Palestine” Does Not Qualify as a “State”

    Rick Richman of Commentary argues that Mahmoud Abbas' statehood bid is unfeasible, as the Palestinians do not meet the international requreiments for a state.   

    “Palestine” lacks a “government.” It is ruled half by a...

  • Philip Roth named Booker Prize winner

    May 18, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    Jewish author Philip Roth has won the Man Booker International Prize for the body of work in his more than 50-year-long career.

    The biennial award to be presented in June in London to Roth, 78, was announced Wednesday. The author of the widely read and controversial “Potnoy’s...

  • Waxing (Philip) Roth

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 24, 2008 | 1:33 am

    The movie, "Elegy," which opens Aug. 8 and stars Ben Kingsley as David Kepesh and Penelope Cruz as the object of his desire, is the latest film to be adapted from the writings of Philip Roth. This one is based on his novella, "The Dying Animal."

    Despite Roth's long, successful...

  • Finding Deeper Truths in Fiction—the Best About Israel

    By Alana Newhouse

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In recent weeks, many of us "Diaspora Jews" kept ourselves neck-deep in news from the Middle East: jumping out of bed to check the front page, keeping the television on all night, refreshing Web sites for the latest headlines. Of course, our routine paled in comparison to many...

  • Eluding Death Gives Life to Roth Novel

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eluding death is the central issue of life for Philip Roth's nameless leading character in his newest novel, "Everyman" (Houghton Mifflin). A thrice-married and divorced retired advertising executive, Roth's lonely everyman wants to keep on with the messy business of his life -- "he...

  • Honors for Author, Antacid

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This fall marks the confluence of two landmark events in the Jewish community -- one involves Philip Roth and the other involves Maalox. If it's not obvious where those two meet, it's right in the acid-coated kishkas of Portnoy's perpetually constipated father.

    At 72, Roth recently...

  • Novel Tears Down a Sacred Shrine

    By Peter Manseau

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank: A Novel" by Ellen Feldman (W. W. Norton & Company, $23.95).

    One of the more surprising moments in recent music history comes midway through the celebrated 1998 indie rock album, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," by the band Neutral Milk Hotel. Hiding in...

  • Assimilating Roth’s PC Parable

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When veteran producer Tom Rosenberg read Philip Roth's 2000 novel, "The Human Stain," he immediately vowed to turn it into a movie. Roth, considered one of America's greatest living writers, was his literary hero; the novelist "not only chronicles what it is to be Jewish in America,...

  • Theater of the Divine

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Dean Fortunato's stage adaptation of Philip Roth's "The Conversion of the Jews," a kid named Ozzie has a vexing question for his rabbi: "If God created the world in six days, why can't He whip up an Immaculate Conception?" The rabbi retorts: "You'll never get bar mitzvahed if I...

  • The Skin We Can’t Shed

    By Diane Cole

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish demons have always pursued Philip Roth. Starting with the 1959 publication of "Goodbye, Columbus," his iconoclastic and now classic portrait of materialistic Jewish suburbanites, Roth has dramatized his characters' struggle to reconcile their eternally warring urges to...

  • Inventing Oneself

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In Philip Roth's new novel, "The Human Stain," a classics professor at a small New England college creates a fictional identity for himself. His name is Coleman Silk, and he lets colleagues and friends know that he is Jewish.

    Since Silk is an academic, an intellectual, a former...