Philip Roth's 80th Birthday Celebrations

The New Yorker's David Remnick reflects on the proceedings
Philip Roth
David Remnick (New Yorker): ‘I saw and heard something remarkable just a few hours ago, something I’m not likely to forget until all the mechanisms of remembering are shot and I’m tucked away for good. Philip Roth celebrated his eightieth birthday in the Billy Johnson Auditorium of the Newark Museum last night with the most astonishing literary performance I’ve ever witnessed. On his birthday night, and having sworn never again to give himself over to the “stringent exigencies of literature,” he put on a farewell performance, a great burst of writing and sly self-display—a triumphal lope around the bases, like Ted Williams did on his last day in a Red Sox uniform.’ [Read More]

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