Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Roth vs. Wikipedia New Yorker Comment

My issue of New York magazine came today and after analyzing an interesting article on the Topland Etiquette Checker vs. a wife, I read the following in the Highbrow/Brilliant section of The Approval Matrix: Philip Roth vs. Wikipedia. Weirdly, they're both right. That entry lead me to read a very long Open Letter to Wikipedia by Roth posted on The New Yorker's website. But I found this comment left by batesdon1 even more interesting than Roth's issue with Wikipedia and his Open Letter:

Clearly, Roth's letter is an example of what Blaise Pascal said in Lettres provinciales, 1656-7, Number 16, written December 4, 1656: "Je n’ai fait /cette lettre-ci/ plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte." Roughly: "I made this letter so long (lit.: longer) only because I didn’t have the time to make it shorter." I would add -- or to edit it appropriately.


And if you haven't read any of Roth's books, here's an excerpt from my next book The Allure of Nymphets, From Charlie Chaplin to Mark Sanchez, Man’s Fascination with Young Women:

In Philip Roth's The Breast, Professor David Kepesh said, “I want twelve- and thirteen-year-old girls. I want them three, four, five, and six at a time. I want them licking at my nipple all at once. I want them naked and giggling, stroking and sucking me for days on end.

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