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Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

My attempt to re-read J.R. is now officially interrupted -- I did not get even as far into it as I did on the first reading of it. And let me say this about that book: it is beautifully written and often uproariously funny; but the plot is way too dense for my puny understanding to encompass. But. I will read it again in a few years and perhaps everything will fall into place.

The agent of disruption here is Philip Roth's new novel, The Plot Against America. I have been seeing articles about this for a while now and thinking, it sounds like an interesting premise; then there was a long review in Sunday's Times Book Review that really intrigued me; and whaddaya know, Monday afternoon found me in Coliseum Books handing the clerk my money.

And it's an interesting book, so far (about a quarter of the way through). Very readable and engaging, though I was thinking this afternoon the scenes move kind of predictably -- like I can see Roth setting up the scene and deciding what is going to happen in it. This is the first book I have read by Roth since I was in college, indeed since I was in my first year of college, when I read Portnoy's Complaint, Our Gang, and (I believe) Goodbye, Columbus.

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Friday, October 8th, 2004

The Plot Against America becomes totally mesmerizing and difficult to put down, about half way through. Also it loses the annoying quality of predictability that I was complaining about last time.

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Saturday, October 9th, 2004

Finished The Plot Against America -- what a page-turner! It's been a while since I found myself drawn so strongly back to the book every time I put it down -- all day today I've been either reading it or intending to read it while I do something else. Next on my list is Moominpappa at Sea.

I made pumpkin pie today, from the recipe in Sundays at the Moosewood, and it came out very well.

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Monday, October 11th, 2004

We ate the rest of the pumpkin pie at the guitar jam yesterday, everyone liked it, especially Bob. I mentioned The Plot Against America to Janis, who grew up in Newark; turns out she grew up in the Weequahic section, and her mother was in high school with Philip Roth! (And to answer a question that I had while reading the book, it's pronounced "WEEK-wa'ək".)

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Thursday, January 27th, 2005

🦋 Nathan Zuckerman is a Better Writer than Philip Roth

Hey, anyone want to talk about Roth? I'm reading American Pastoral right now and really enjoying it.

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