Newsflash! The Novel’s On Its Deathbed!
JEFFREY BROWN: Why do you think it’s become one of the great lost causes of our time?
PHILIP ROTH: My goodness. Um, oh, I don’t think in twenty or twenty-five years people will read these things at all.
JEFFREY BROWN: Not at all?
PHILIP ROTH: Not at all. I think it’s inevitable. I think the… there are other things for people to do, other ways for them to be occupied, other ways for them to be imaginatively engaged, that are I think probably far more compelling than the novel. So I think the novel’s day has come and gone, really.
Now you’re on notice. Better finish the Great American Novel before long.