I tell him that interviewing him can be extremely difficult - like climbing an iceberg without clothes on.
"Well, I wasn't put on this earth to make your life easy. Ha!" His laughter is like a proclamation - no smile, just "Ha!"
"Maybe we shouldn't be talking about literature at all," I say.
"Ha, ha," he says. "Now you're talking! I would be wonderful with a 100-year moratorium on literature talk, if you shut down all literature departments, close the book reviews, ban the critics. The readers should be alone with the books, and if anyone dared to say anything about them, they would be shot or imprisoned right on the spot. Yes, shot.
Funny, that’s what Chetan Bhagat says too, though in less fancy language.
There’s also a bit about Roth’s latest book, Everyman. (HOW is the man so prolific at this age??) Full interview here - read it, it's fun.
[And darn, just realised that Prufrock Two beat me to this.]