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Bud Grossmann’s
Words of the Week
for the Week of
May 27, 2018
Previously unpublished
literary comment.

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An unRothlike Timidity (1974)
  An unRothlike Timidity (1974)
© 1974 by Bud Grossmann


Novelist Philip Roth, age eighty-five, died on Tuesday. Oh, how I, a timid skeptic, admired Mr. Roth and his prose!

If you haven’t yet read Roth, I’d say start slow: listen to what Fresh Air shared on Thursday and Friday this past week.

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On Sunday, May 27, at 8:00AM, a reader remarked in an e-mail to Mr. Grossmann:
Roth died old, Roth died young.

At 8:53AM, in an e-mail, Mr. Grossmann requested clarification:
You are saying Roth had a youthful vitality of mind and spirit into old age?

At 9:16AM the reader replied:
yes! that's what I said! not! but I like what you said better.

As always, Mr. Grossmann invites further comment from readers.

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