Aging In Community: Discussion of "Everyman" by Philip Roth

Runkle School 50 Druce St. Room #207

Join the BWC Aging in Community group for a lively discussion of Philip Roth's book "Everyman", facilitated by our very own members Mike Felsen & Ava Cheloff. 

Philip Roth, thought by many to be the pre-eminent U.S. novelist of the second half of the 20th century, died a few months ago. In a videotaped interview with the NY Times in 2008 (see third link below), Roth said: "Mortality. With age comes the recognition of a new subject. The only good thing about it is it gives you a new subject. Otherwise nothing is good about it."

In Everyman, the novella we'll be examining, Roth, as one reviewer observes, sets out to "summon death and confront it head on." South African Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer, concluding her NY Times review of the book, exclaims: "PhilipRoth is a magnificent victor in attempting to disprove [the] dictum of the impossible aim of the writer to encompass all of life."

We look forward to a stimulating discussion of Everyman on December 2. Read the book if you can. It's short. You can also get some extra insight into Roth and the book by reading or listening to the many opinions available online about both. A few interesting pieces about Roth are linked below, including the New Yorker podcast discussion (wnyc studios) addressing claims that he was a misogynist.

So much to discuss! We hope you'll join us!