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'All My Fathers Are Dead Now'

9 monthes ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

In junior high, I fell for Portnoy. As a neurotic middle-class teen who'd visited Israel , I over-identified with Philip Roth's hysterically funny 1969 autobiographical anti-hero. I hoped to flee my repressed Midwest meshugenah clan, masturbate freely, confess my sexual frustration to the Freudian analyst I didn't yet have who'd respond “Now vee may perhaps to begin.” Reading the provocative, sacrilegious Portnoy's Complaint was like escaping from suburban prison. If my staid doctor dad was my superego and oppressor, my favorite novelist was my id and inspiration. I wanted to be the female...
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