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Kerman and Roth as novelists are not preachers they are not social scientists they only have their imaginations and hunches they can describe these fascinating screwed up people and they can hypothesize but they make it clear we re all unknowable at some deep level Even when he finds out all he can know to inform his telling of Silk s story the novel he writes The Human Stain Zuckerman says Now that I know verything it was though I knew nothing RothWe look at others we look at the world and what we are left with is mystery or a set of them but a sense too of being highly ntertained having achieved a level of intensity that uals any of the other great Roth novels I highly recommend this book You don t need to need to have read the first two to read this one but the whole trilogy is great if you want to put it on your tbr list A masterfully architected tale about race shame violence and remembrance The Human Stain is definitely one of Roth s masterpieces From its first pages the reader is drawn into the mystery of Coleman Silky Silk n Silkzweig and his tragic downfall The characters here are vibrant and real the descriptions terrifying at times but always captivating I found it hard putting this book down as I was relentlessly driven to want to know what happened the mark of truly great writing If you have never read Roth you can safely start with this one or American Pastoral and you will definitely want I just watched the movie from 2003 starring Anthony Hopkins as Coleman Nicole Kidman as Faunia Gary Sinise as Zuckerman and Ed Harris as Les It is a wonderful and accurate rendition of the book for the silver screen It can be watched before or after reading the book but I would suggest reading the book first Here s what I know if a book features some old dude fucking some younger lady check the author s age 100% of the time he s the same age as the old dudeThe younger woman will be vulnerable She will be attracted to the older man s security and wisdom There is a power imbalance and it s basically the same thing as when Tarzan saves Jane from the lion It s mbarrassing immature wish fulfillment And ven when it s written very well it s boring This book is occasionally written very well but it also has the young lady dancing naked for like 20 pages while she babbles about free love Oh I see you Coleman I could give you away my whole life and still have you Just by dancing Good luck getting through that bullshit It suuuucksAnd you ve heard this story before Old guys complain that no one wants to read old guy authors It s not because we re politically correct It s because old men can t shut up about their penises and it s boring The ntire canon as it was agreed on at some point by a bunch of old guys and their boring penises is full of stories like this Coleman Silk in The Human Stain is one of those old guys He s the worst kind of college professor the kind who tells you how to read a book Fossilized pedagogy as a character we re not supposed to agree with calls it Fuck you it s my fucking book I ll decide how to read it If I decide to take a feminist perspective on Euripides Then That S What Happens Euripides Can Take Care Of that s what happens Euripides can take care of is also of African American descent he s been passing as white his ntire life Ironically he s disgraced by an unfortunately timed use of the word spook This is the one sentence plot of the book guy accused of racism is secretly black It sounds interesting but the problem is that Philip Roth thinks it s a metaphor for himselfHe thinks it s a metaphor because he keeps getting accused of being an asshole All his life people have called Philip Roth all sorts of names Misogynist Le valeureux guerrier even anti Semite Roth is Jewish He keeps getting accused of believing what his characters say It s not me he complains The thought of the novelist lies not in the remarks of his characters orven in their introspection he insists but in the plight he has invented for his charactersWell uite The plight he has invented here is a young lady s vagina Of course Philip Roth isn t Coleman Silk He s his pimp Shaming Censors of Academic Speech A Pox on the PC PoliceMy favorite Roth novel I will miss the lusty old tale hound I m very depressed how in this country you can be told That s offensive as though those two words constitute an argument Christopher HitchensColeman Silk a professor of classics at a local steemed college has been accused of racism by two African American students in one of his classes after he notices upon calling roll that these two nrolled students never attend his class and mumbles Do they Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy exist or are they spooks Roth brilliantly uses the most ambiguous of words due to its several legitimate meanings compared to the one meaning racially derogatory to African Americans Wikipedia s most comprehensive definition indicates the term s many meanings a few of which fit the context of the professor s statement only one of which is the racially offensive pejorative use The primary other use which appears to fit the context unless somevidence of a racial animus could be shown is of an apparition who is present but cannot be seen This latter meaning is in fact its primary English meaning since its tymology revolves around various references to ghost or apparition cognate Dutch spook ghost Middle Dutch spooc spook ghost liken German Spuk ghost Apparition Middle Low German Middle Low German spook and Norwegian spjok ghost specter Silk says he used the word spook to sarcastically imply the possibility that the students might be attending as ghosts or spirits That since they did not attend class and he didn t know who they were he could not ven know their raceI won t get too sidetracked on political correctness run they were he could not ven know their raceI won t get too sidetracked on political correctness run in this country particularly in academia and misused as a tool amounting to censorship but I ll footnote xcellent reasoned uotes from a nonfiction book about the cultural revolution changing this country since the 1960s as well as two late iconoclastic hyper intellectuals David Foster Wallace and Christopher Hitchens The narrator is Roth s alter Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival ego Nathan Zuckerman Roth based the novel on an incident involving his friend a professor at Princeton University Silk resigns his post in anger and raises the stakes and ire of campus feminists when he starts dating an illiterate but intelligent Cándalo Lewinski Coleman Silk un viejo catedrático de una peueña universidad de Nueva Inglaterra se ve obligado a jubilarse cuando sus colegas lo acusan de racista Lo asombroso del dictamens ue la verdad sobre Silk podría acallar hasta al más virulento de sus Emale custodian who s about 30 years younger than he is she s 34 She has a former lover who has serious issues arising from his stint in VietnamThe piercing irony is in Silk s disclosure that he is an African American who s been passing as Jewish and white since he served in the Navy He married a white woman and had 4 children with her His wife recently died and he never told her or the children of histheir ancestry Silk decided to take the future into his own hands rather than to leave it to an unenlightened society to determine his fate Zuckerman frames novel and retells the back story in flashbacks as conveyed to him by Silk Against a present backdrop of the 1998 Oval Office Orgasm Scandal of former President Bill Clinton Roth develops what I believe is his best novel one raising trusty old uestions of identity and self invention ie uestions of whether one can change the past Gatsby or whether the past is Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, everven past Faulkner in Reuiem for a Nun Two passages on these issues that I considered The Fix especially poignant were There is truth and then again there is truth For all that the world is full of people who go around believing they ve got you or your neighbor figured out there really is no bottom to what is not known The truth about us isndless As are the lies I couldn t imagine anything that could have made Coleman of a mystery to me than this unmasking Now that I knew verything it was as though I knew nothing Footnote on Political CorrectnessFrom Roger Kimball The Long March How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America As with most revolutions the counterculture s call for total freedom uickly turned into a demand for total control The phenomenon of political correctness with its speech codes and other fforts to nforce ideological conformity was one predictable result of this transformation What began at the University of California at Berkeley with the Free Speech Movement called by some the Filthy Speech Movement soon degenerated into an ffort to abridge freedom by dictating what could and could not be said about any number of politically sensitive issues From David Foster Wallace Consider the Lobster and Other Essays There s a grosser irony about Politically Correct English This is that PCE purports to be the dialect of progressive reform but is in fact in its Orwellian substitution of the Desire in Seven Voices euphemisms of socialuality for social uality itself of vast help to conservatives and the US status uo Were I for instance a political conservative who opposed using taxation as a means of redistributing national wealth I would be delighted to watch PC progressives spend their time and nergy arguing over whether a poor person should be described as low income or The Casa Mono Cookbook economically disadvantaged or pre prosperous rather than constructingffective public arguments for redistributive legislation or higher marginal tax rates In other words PCE acts as a form of censorship and censorship always serves the status uo The author sums it up perfectly on page 81You area a verbal master of xtroadinary louatiousnessP Roth So Perspicatios So fluent A vocal master of the ndless ostentatious overelaborate sentenceYup This book is the Jackson Pollock of our literary time Just spatter verything all over the page and call it art Roth goes on and on by using very single adjective he ver learned in his SAT class in a row then completely COUNTERS EVERY ARGUMENT HE JUST MADE every argument he just made he can use all the opposite words he knows ITs OBNOX All he d ver wanted from Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) earliest childhood on as to be free not black notven white just on his own and free He meant no insult to no one by his choice nor was he trying to irritate anyone whom he took to be his superior nor was he staging some sort of protest against his race or hers He recognized that to conventional people for whom verything was ready made rigidly unalterable what he was doing would never look correct But to to be nothing than correct had never been his aim The objective was for his fate to be determined not by the ignorant hate filled intentions of a hostile world but to whatever degree humanly possible by his own resolve Why accept a l Hey Roth I know you have a great vocabularyJust tell me a damn story Let me xplain I just read a very positive review of this book stating that Roth has such an xpansive vocabulary and very word seems painstakingly chosen tc That is xactly what I hate about this book A narrative is supposed to flow not make you resolve to study the dictionary fastidiously For the record I have a pretty good vocabulary and I thorouoghly Conflict in Blood enjoy creative uses of the English language But I despise the use of overly academic deliberately highbrow language when something simple would tell the story better The problem is NOT that I didn t understand this book it is that the plot just does not flow at all I really dislike this book It looks as though this is a pretty unpopular opinion but oh well Philip Roth dealing with serious topics at this noveldiscrimination shame identity and judging othersthe human between the truth rumors and illusionshow hard to truly know someoneand how hard to live in a circle of lying and anger lying to be accepted in a discriminatory community and being angry for doing so The danger with hatred is once you start in on it you get a hundred times than you bargained for Once you start you can t stop Philip Roth The Human StainReading Roth is almost a spooky sexualxperience I say that knowing this will sound absurd trite and probably hyperbolic But with Roth his words are imbued with an almost carnal power a spectral courage nergy and life IT is like watching an absurdly talented musician do things with an instrumentwith sound that bends the dge of possible Reading Roth talented musician do things with an instrumentwith sound that bends the The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant edge of possible Reading Roth can understand how the audience in Paganini s time wanted to burn the man for witchcraft feared the man for his deal with the Devil I m not sure who Roth sold his soul to but Roth s run of Novels Operation Shylock 1993 Sabbath s Theater 1995 American Pastoral 1997 I Married a Communist 1998 The Human Stain 2000 can only be thought of as the greatest run of novels produced by ANY writer at anytime Maybe Shakespeare had a better run Maybe Proust Maybe For me these five novelsnding with The Human Stain are the apex of 20th Century writing Spooky. Etractores Su secreto Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) escondido durante cincuenta años asposa familiares y amigos servirá al Logic, Labels, And Flesh escritor Nathan Zuckerman para reconstruir la biografía desconocida de Silk yntender cómo puede llegar a desenmarañarse una ficción de vida tan ingeniosamente armada. See I was an Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design enormous fan of the Tony Hopkins Nicky Kidman film already But incredibly that adapatation was just the tip of an iceburg so rich complex incredible that is Philip Roth s masterpiece The Human Stain The film fails oh so miserably to fulfill at least 40% of themotional clout whi I read Roth s Goodbye Columbus and Portnoy s Complaint in college and loved them They were funny The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths especially in depicting the lusts and lives of young men with literary flair But I didn t read him again for no particular reason until relatively recently Maybe it was something to do with my feeling tired of reading the same Roth main character book after book an aggressive male consumed by lust But then I happened to read the non fiction Patrimony about his relationship with his father and The Plot Against America a dark fantasy about a possible past where we choose a fascist dictator in the thirties instead of FDR and I thought maybe I d take a closer look at his work again And now having completed his Nathan Zuckerman trilogy beginning with the much acknowledged masterpiece American Pastoral which I loved and I Married a Communist which I also came to like very much I see the greatness of this trilogy which like the Plot Against America has to do with its attention to the sweep of twentieth century American history with some central social issues ofach period Modeling and Analysis of Communicating Systems examined in the context of often deeply flawed characters It s also about Roth s use of language at once visceral and muscular and startlingly honest in places and often than not lyrical at the same time And talk All the characters talk or think like they re talking in grand sometimes manic fashion Epic verbal sparring and reflectionThe Human Stain took its time for me to warm up to but grew on me and thennded with me shouting hurrah as it concluded It s the story of three interlocking tragic stories New England Athena College Classics professor and Dean Coleman Silk who is forced out of his job at age 69 for supposed racist comments about two students his 34 year old girlfriend Faunia Farley whom he takes up with after his wife dies of complications from a stroke and her Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice ex a PTSD riddled Vietnam vetach of them finally at least somewhat understandable if not completely sympathetic but morally culpable and doomed by their own terrible mistakes It s primarily the story of Silk and his secrets and lies but The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth especially of one central secret which led to terrible mistakes he made in the context of America s racial past and present The legacies of racism and war and shame are at the heart of this book how you can never really get free of them You do some bad things and you pay and pay for them no matter what good you may doThe inciting impulse for the novel set in 1998 but only part of its motivation finally is the Clinton Impeachment trial and on one level the book is anxamination of all that sexual sanctimony through the lens of secrets and lies and the rest of us speculating about all public scandals as most of us typically do Are they really doing it What positions do they use Who s using whom Should we impeach a guy for that We all watched what I and my friends thought then were ludicrous proceedings the nd of the sexual revolution being televised with all these hypocrites pointing fingers at him so we wouldn t point at them It was the summer in America when the nausea returned when the joking didn t stop when the speculation and the theorizing and the hyperbole didn t stop Roth on the Clinton impeachment trial which became of national interest but also on Silk s affair with Faunia which becomes a small town scandal that same summerThis book can make you uncomfortable When Zuckerman and Silk joke crudely about the Clinton Lewinsky affair it s funny but there are no filters here No filters ither when the damaged and abusive farley threatens to xplode damaged and abusive Farley threatens to xplode the draft dodger slick Willie getting off free when so many Vets died in the jungle so he could get what he got from than just Monica Lewinsky These are all deeply flawed screwed up people but they are never uninteresting The two men Silk and Fawley are driven by rage by hatred for what has happened to them Silk is pushed out of his position on the faculty because of something he said that people mistakenly assume is racist and during this period his wife has a stroke and dies so he is Personlighetspsykiatri enraged about all that Fawley is angry and bitter about hisxperiences in Nam but The danger with hatred is once you start in on it you get a hundred times than you bargained for Once you start you can t stop RothThis book is not just about gossip about who s doing what to whom sexually though It s also about racial secrets Does that white guy look a little bit black Could he be passing for white If so what are we going to do about that Because we need these classifications for some reason it seems And what if you were technically black but looked white would you choose to say you were black to be true to that legacy or would you say you were white so you could Audiology easily achieve the American Dream You read this novel in part about race through the lens of an Obama birther story the light skinned Kamala Harris the Native American controversy around Elizabeth Warren and so on The continuing national obsession with race and colorWhen I was done I thought that Zuckerman was to Silk as Nick Carraway is to Gatsby albeit a cruder visceral NickGatsby combo Here Zuckerman speaks of what he imagines to be Silk s goal To become a new being To bifurcate The drama that underlies America s story the high drama that is upping and leaving and thenergy and cruelty that rapturous drive demands Sounds a little like Gatsby rightThe stories we read of Silk and Faunia and Fawley are stories told by writer Zuckerman so we meta fictionally reflect through the telling on the way any novelist s imagination can work its magic But Zuckerman makes it clear that can work its magic But Zuckerman makes it clear that the novelist nor any of his readers when we are done with this story will have any really deep insights into human nature beyond this There is truth and then again there is truth For all that the world is full of people who go around believing they ve got you or your neighbor figured out there really is no bottom to what is not known The truth about us is ndless As are the lies RothZuc. «Una maravillosa historia donde coexisten l coraje y la decadencia la mentira y Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity el pundonor la necesidad yl fracaso» José María Guelbenzu BabeliaEn l verano de 1998 l doble azote del puritanismo y la corrección política recorre Estados Unidos a causa del s.