Commenter Abe writes:
Philip Roth is clearly being shunned for the Nobel Prize in literature (one can make the case Naipaul was maybe more worthy and Coetzee about equally worthy, but to give it to short-story scribbler Alice Munro??? Or Dylan?, which is the real nail in the coffin, since now the Committee can say they’ve done their duty by Jews and it’ll be another 25 years before they consider any more Jewish honorees). The question is- why? I thought it was partially the anti-Jewish/Palestinian solidarity thing (while Roth is no Avigdor Lieberman, I think he has clearly expressed his support for Israel’s right to exist), partly the anti-white male thing, and partly the pro-feminist/anti-thrusting sex fiend thing. with it sliding over time: from 70% (pro-Palestine)-15%-15% in the 90′s, to 25%-50% (anti-white male)-25% in the 2000′s, to 5%-15%-80% ([email protected] grabber) in CURRENT YEAR.
And yet despite losing relevancy over the last 10-20 years, who is now the most prophetic, ribald, visionary grand old man of letters on the planet (OK, maybe Houellebecq, but the translated excerpts I’ve seen have left me cold; I promise to sit down and finish ELEMENTARY PARTICLES in 2018, though)? The fact that THE NEW YORK TIMES is calling for the extra-Constitutional liquidation of Federal judge Alex Portnoy (or is that Mickey Sabbath? or is that David Kepesh?) who is the son of Holocaust Survivors (think THE COUNTERLIFE and “Philip Roth”‘s chase after WWII war criminal John Demjanjuk), achieves fame and power under a Republican President, and now in his twilight but still virile 60′s is brought low by another SJW moral panic (think THE HUMAN STAIN, which while about race, also had a few sharp words to say about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal at the beginning)?
It’s Philip Roth’s world (or maybe computer-simulated virtual reality according to Elon Musk)- we’re just living (or MOB’ing) in it.