I was reminded last week of a passage from a recently acquired book of essays, Reading Myself and Others, by novelist Philip Roth. The passage comes in a 1981 interview with Roth by French journalist Alain Finkielkraut. 

When Finkielkraut asks how Roth’s My Life as a Man was received by “women’s lib” in the US, the novelist recalls a Village Voice headline, “Why do these men hate women?” that appeared over photographs of Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, Henry Miller and himself...

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