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Previous review of Goodbye Columbus, the movie

Philip Roth died yesterday.

I was reminded by a commenter that I previously reviewed a movie based on one of his books, Goodbye Columbus (1969).

Part 1 of the review.

Part 2 of the review.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 23, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Movies

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  1. Roth died, and Lenny Dykstra was arrested today for threatening an Uber driver. He had cocaine, pot & Ecstasy on him. How the mighty are fallen!


    May 23, 2018 at EST pm

  2. The death of Roth is the end of an era.

    Just like the worlds of IB & IJ Singer are no more; so too is fading fast the post WWII 20th Century.


    May 23, 2018 at EST pm

  3. ResetEra says that the reason Trump has come out with all this spying stuff is because Trump knows that Mueller is closing in on him.

    Otis the Sweaty

    May 23, 2018 at EST pm

  4. I read the book when it came out. All I remember is some dork who loved Mantovani. Was that the brother?

    Mrs Stitch

    May 23, 2018 at EST pm

  5. Otis the Sweaty

    May 23, 2018 at EST pm

  6. After hearing of Roth’s death I decided to read Goodbye, Columbus on my Kindle (only $9.99 from Amazon). So far I just read the first chapter, but it sure looks like Neil is one self-confident Alpha.



    May 24, 2018 at EST am

  7. Is it true that all Jews and comedians have read Portnoy’s Complaint?


    May 24, 2018 at EST am

    • False. I haven’t read it.

    • re Jews and comedians, I once had an argument with a friend, a fanatic “Seinfeld” watcher, over my contention that most comedians are Jews. I noted: Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, Rodney Dangerfield, David Brenner, David Steinberg, Joan Rivers … He countered: David Letterman’s not Jewish. I was astounded at his refusal to concede the issue. And he’s a WASP, went to Brown.


      May 24, 2018 at EST pm

      • Comedians USED to be all Jewish, but not anymore. No one likes traditional Jewish humor anymore.

        Also, the Catskills were a training ground for Jewish comedians, and now that’s gone, so there’s no longer a training ground.

        For those unaware, part of the vacation package with Jewish hotels in the Catskills was that every evening there was a nightclub show included, and usually the nightclub show featured a comedian.

        They would start out doing weekday evening shows at lesser hotels, and eventually rise to the big time of doing weekend shows at the big hotels like The Concord, and then to national fame. ALL of the famous old Jewish comedians, every one of them, started out in the Catskills.

      • Most of them are Jewish, but some of them have African (Murphy, Pryor, Chappelle)/Irish (Carlin, Kinison, Fallon, Kimmel)/Scotch-Irish (Foxworthy)/Mestizo (Lopez) ancestry.

        I’m pretty sure Letterman with his Presbyterian background has Scotch-Irish ancestry somewhere down the line.


        May 24, 2018 at EST pm

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