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September 20, 2008


Philip Roth talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about his new novel, Indignation.

Bellow has been dead three years now, and Roth says he feels the loss personally and artistically. "There is no longer anybody to look up to."

"It's just us now," he adds, referring by name to writers of his generation: E.L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Reynolds Price.

The Telegraph reviews Indignation.

Indignation, however, is one of the strongest skeletoned of Roth's novels, and is a model of authorial misdirection and narrative muscle. Nearly every time you think you can see where the novel is going, Roth changes tack, almost as if the whole book were written to a blueprint of zig-zags.

CHARTattack has the tracklist for Urban Outfitters' charity compilation Give. Listen. Help. Volume 5, which will benefit the Pablove Foundation.

At NPR. Salman Rushdie recommends Italo Calvino's short story collection Cosmicomics.

Perhaps only Calvino could have created a work that combines scientific erudition, wild fantasy and a humane wit that prevents the edifices of these stories from toppling into whimsy. If you have never read Cosmicomics, you have before you 12 of the most joyful reading experiences of your life.

io9 examines the roots of midern science fiction.

IGN lists the greatest pirate songs of all time.

Jezebel lists 20 books every woman should read (in response to Esquire's list or 75 books every man should read).

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