Anatole Broyard

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

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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

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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.

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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

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