From the New York Times: Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85
In 2008, Philip Roth sat in a New York studio and talked to Bob Edwards in Washington, DC about his career and his then-latest book, Indianation. From the program’s introduction:
His publisher declared the publication day to be National Indignation Day, although the author and his interviewer agree that a single day of indignation is not nearly enough. In this new book. Roth returns to the voice of a young man trying to cope in a world in which older men make all the rules. It is 1950 and the older men want the young man to go fight in Korea.
My strongest personal memory of Mr. Roth’s work was reading Portnoy’s Complaint many many years ago and laughing out loud. A lot. Many books make you smile, even chuckle; but rare is the book that causes deep-throated belly laughs.
The program starts with Bob talking to Rebecca Roberts about politics from an oh-so-much gentler time. Both program and program script (including prep work for the Roberts interview) are included below.