Jun 28, 2010

Henry Roth’s “An American Type” His Early Novel “Call It Sleep” Was His “Ulysses.” His Late Work “An American Type” Is His “Grapes Of Wrath”

Los Angeles Times

All novelists, despite the fa├žade of fiction, are ultimately writing variations of their own stories. Surely their characters provide necessary cover, but there's always autobiography and memoir yelping in the background ? "it's all true, the names have changed, but the emotions and memories are dead-on." Henry Roth, the first of the great Jewish American novelists of the 20th century, never concealed the background that shaped him or the emotions that often left him guilt-ridden and paralyzed. His first book, "Call It Sleep," widely regarded as a masterpiece and perhaps America's first modernist novel, is also a testament to the squalid, hermetic Jewish life of New York City's Lower East Side, where Roth spent his immigrant childhood.
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Jun 9, 2010

“God Is Not One” By Stephen Prothero

Los Angeles Times

In an age in which it has become fashionable to demonize those with whom we disagree, there is still a contradictory impulse to remain politically correct. This is particularly true when it comes to religion. As Stephen Prothero, religion scholar and author of the bestseller "Religious Literacy," reminds us in his latest book, "God Is Not One," all the preaching about tolerance for other religions is necessary because most people believe in God, and social peace is best achieved when all religions are regarded as essentially the same.
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