Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Surprising myself, I entered a few poems into a (low-fee) contest a few days ago, hours before the deadline. Results should be announced in a few weeks.

2. Speaking of poems: I’m making progress on some of the interviews-by-email and guest posts that are part of the pre-publication promotion work for Birthright. (And none too soon! Less than a month to go to Pub Date!)

3. Among the readings I’ve assigned my students this semester is Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. Which means that I’ve just finished re-reading this novel myself. I knew that it was good when I read it back in 2004. But now, I’m just stunned by how extraordinary it is—on the sentence level, and on the story level.

6 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Mindy Portnoy says:

    Philip Roth was almost always extraordinary!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      True! I think that my appreciation has matured with time–and of course, there’s something about reading this work after his death now, too. Plus, reading this particular novel in our current moment….

      1. Mindy Portnoy says:

        I agree on all points! Hope you had an easy fast and a meaningful holiday.

        1. Erika Dreifus says:


  2. michele j clark says:

    I couldn’t read it because it was too good, too real – I have enough fantasies about dystopia in my own head, I just couldn’t go there with him…which is a measure of his writing power.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Fair enough.

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