Philip Roth On The Novel Verses The Screen

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Philip Roth On The Novel Verses The Screen

  1. Is there any irony that Roth expressed these thoughts through a video posted on the internet? I’m more optimistic than Roth about the novel. But we’ll see.

  2. andrewclunn says:

    Short stories will never die. The cost of writing and publishing is much less (and becoming even less) than the cost of producing a film (even a short film). Hell, the most successful movies and shows these days were books first. And to be frank, there are strengths and weakness of the various mediums that are simply innate within the form. Those things that are better expressed through film should be, and those who rally to “save the book” are as foolish as those who rally to “save newspapers.” I do most of my reading not from a books, but from text displayed on a screen these days. Reading and writing has hardly died, and it won’t. Philip Roth should stop fearing the future or look at younger generations with such contempt.

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