Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Read 15 Literary Figures’ Responses to Philip Roth’s Retirement
Like many of you, we were surprised and a little saddened (though perhaps we should have seen it coming) to find out yesterday that Philip Roth has announced his retirement from writing, albeit in an entirely strange manner — an interview with the French culture news publication Les inRocks. This is what happens when you don’t give people who should get Nobels their Nobels, you guys. As might be expected, the literary world has been reacting on Twitter since the news emerged, with responses ranging from dismay to relief to pithy comments (aren’t pithy comments always the response, though?). After the jump, we’ve collected a few of the Twitter responses to Roth’s retirement from writers and literary critics — check them out, and let us know your own reaction in the comments. More at Flavorpill