It’s Thanksgiving here in America, a day of infamy for turkeys.
E.L. Doctorow has been doing that hard work for more than half a century, producing novels and stories that have illuminated the American soul by bringing American history to life. It’s why he deserves his Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. It’s what makes him a national treasure.
I learned from McDonald’s that there was a whole class of books out there that were especially worth reading.
More than tragedy or romance, history is filled with irony.
One thing that makes Roth Unbound interesting is that Pierpont was able to interview [Philip] Roth in the first years of his retirement. You can feel Roth’s reflective, relaxed state of mind as he looks back on his career, cataloging his regrets and triumphs.
"The South, more than any other region of America, is forbidding to outsiders. … I grew up with what I take to be a somewhat common perspective, on the South as charming but inscrutable, languid but dangerous, a place where sinkholes — real and metaphorical — await anyone who doesn’t know exactly where to step."
Her lips are slightly parted. He seals them with a clear adhesive, applied with a tiny steel spade. ‘This is nothing but airplane glue,’ he explains. ‘You can pull a damn eighteen-wheeler with this shit.’