On Book TV right this very second, they’re airing a tribute to Philip Roth in honor of his 75th birthday. On the fiction panel? Charles D’Ambrosio, Nathan Englander, and Jonathan Lethem. I am seriously spoojing with great delight at the moment. If you have CSPAN2 turn the channel RIGHT NOW.
So I have come to the decision after watching a whole 20 minutes of this panel that if I don’t become a world-famous writer, it’s going to be all my parents’ fault because we didn’t have Philip Roth books on the book shelf. Nope, our shelves were stocked with World Book Encyclopedias and VC Andrews novels. Curse you parents!
Jonathan Lethem just called his writing ‘very traditional.’ As if!
For sure with the Roth on the parents’ book shelves. I had that same thought, actually, and now that I think about it I don’t remember a single book in the house that wasn’t a “coffee table” book.
D’Ambrosio, by the way, HOT. And if you wonder for a second where Vodo gets his hand-flinging thing, there you go.
I’m going to have to watch it again, though I stand by my assertion that D’Ambrosio looks like my Uncle Fred, therefore not hot.
I will defend D’Ambrosio’s hotness to the death, but I will definitely agree that roughly 40% of his hotness is his utter genius. The other thing I dig is his ability to totally rip a story to little, teensy, weansy pieces and still leave you thinking it’s a half-decent piece of work. It’s his honesty–which is also a hotter than hot quality I might add–and how he just says “No, that’s wrong. Oh, and this page needs to be totally rewritten.” Okay, I can’t talk about him anymore, I’m getting too worked up over here.
I would agree 100% that any of his hotness would be totally personality/intelligence based — because, well, my uncle Fred not hot.