Anatole Broyard

You Wouldn't Believe It
April 25, 1969

In his short stories over the past several years, and in his new novel, John Cheever appears to be almost helplessly carried away by the flood tides o

A Sort of Moby Dick
March 01, 1969

Early in Portnoy’s Complaint, the hero discovers that he has an undescended testicle. The image sticks in the mind, because one feels that, as a write

A Sort of Moby Dick
March 01, 1969

Portnoy’s Complaint By Philip Roth (Random House, $6.95) Early in Portnoy’s Complaint, the hero discovers that he has an undescended testicle. The image sticks in the mind, because one feels that, as a writer, Philip Roth has had a similar problem. Goodbye, Columbus , which made his reputation, is a talented book by a young man whose voice is still changing. Letting Go impresses one as the work of a promising but temporarily impotent imagination.

Updike’s Twosomes
May 04, 1968

If anyone had asked me which contemporary American writer was best equipped to write a definitive description of love and sex, if he so desired, I wou