Photo credit: @julesdwit.
A not-for-profit media organization supported by people like you.
I just heard your guest compare Philip Roth to Balzac. As a great fan of both, I have to admit I'm stumped. Is it because I skipped that Mickey Sabbath novel? I mean, I can understand comparing them because they are both novelists, and therefore deal with many similar themes. For that matter, I'd compare John Updike to Flaubert. But they're so different. Okay, any explantion you got, I'll take. There's no Vautrin or anyone like him in any Roth book. And no Swede Levov or anyone like him in any Balzac novel. Tell me what I'm missing - please.
Email addresses are required but never displayed.
Leonard Lopate hosts the conversation New Yorkers turn to each afternoon for insight into contemporary art, theater, and literature, plus expert tips about the ever-important lunchtime topic: food.
Sign up for the Book Club e-newsletter
Subscribe on iTunes
WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York's flagship public radio
stations, broadcasting the finest programs from NPR and PRI, as well as a wide range of award-winning local
programming. WNYC is a division of
New York Public Radio.