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Episode 374: Lauren Grodstein

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We’re joined by Lauren Grodstein, author of several novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family, to discuss Philip Roth’s Everyman. As a Jewish author from New Jersey, Grodstein says Roth has loomed large throughout her life, and she’s wrestled with how to think about his legacy, particularly in light of the recent scandal involving his biographer, Blake Bailey. But even more broadly, how are we meant to reckon with an author who is wise in so many ways, but also clearly limited in others?

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