The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


My PGH blogging cohort Anne could probably enlighten me more on the literary resonances of the "Everyman" reference of Philip Roth's latest novel, but it doesn't take a scholar to get what Roth is doing in the book: in this short novel, a narrator describes in excruciatingly plain language every encounter with death and serious illness (his own and close family members') experienced by his unnamed protagonist. Boy, is it a downer, but it's quite powerful. It took me less time to read than AMONG THE THUGS but I wouldn't want to say that "I couldn't put it down."

Baby 2 days late now.


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