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A Shyning and a Flashing

Marco Roth: Post-Apocalyptic Folklore, 27 January 2022

The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and the Lion of Jachin-Boaz 
by Russell Hoban.
Penguin, 182 pp., £9.99, April 2021, 978 0 241 48571 2
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Turtle Diary 
by Russell Hoban.
Penguin, 193 pp., £9.99, April 2021, 978 0 241 48576 7
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Riddley Walker 
by Russell Hoban.
Penguin, 252 pp., £9.99, April 2021, 978 0 241 48575 0
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... In​ a more just universe, Russell Hoban would be widely celebrated as the author of one of the most ambitious novels of the later 20th century: Riddley Walker (1980). Miserably, though, in much of the English-reading world – including the US, where he was born – he remains best known for his children’s books about Frances the Badger. They have remained continuously in print for more than half a century ...

I don’t want your revolution

Marco Roth: Jonathan Lethem, 20 February 2014

Dissident Gardens 
by Jonathan Lethem.
Cape, 366 pp., £18.99, January 2014, 978 0 224 09395 8
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... it at the time. Nothing in the novel’s handling of its Reds comes close to the moment in Philip Roth’s treatment of the same period in I Married a Communist, when the young Nathan Zuckerman travels to the steel mill towns east of Chicago, ‘an America that I was not a native of and never would be and that I possessed as an American nonetheless’, and ...

Under the Steinway

Jenny Diski: Marco Roth, 7 March 2013

The Scientists: A Family Romance 
by Marco Roth.
Union Books, 196 pp., £14.99, January 2013, 978 1 908526 19 9
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... fiction, it is firmly set, in my mind’s eye, in well turned-out residences in uptown Manhattan. Marco Roth’s autobiography doesn’t, on the whole, disappoint, not in the writing, the story or the setting. The story he has to tell at the age of 38 is of a childhood on Central Park West, overshadowed by his emotionally withholding and sadistic ...

How to Be Ourselves

Stefan Collini: Mark Greif, 20 October 2016

Against Everything: On Dishonest Times 
by Mark Greif.
Verso, 304 pp., £16.99, September 2016, 978 1 78478 592 5
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... on which it drew. Although its founding editors – Keith Gessen, Mark Greif, Benjamin Kunkel and Marco Roth – have also been prolific contributors, the journal has never had a single voice. But it has had a recognisable character or style: East Coast urban (its home, physically and spiritually, is Brooklyn, though before heading there many of its ...

‘I’m not signing’

Mike Jay: Franco Basaglia, 8 September 2016

The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care 
by John Foot.
Verso, 404 pp., £20, August 2015, 978 1 78168 926 4
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... emerged in the 1980s as part of the backlash against ‘antipsychiatry’, particularly Martin Roth and Jerome Kroll’s The Reality of Mental Illness (1986).* Roth and Kroll wrote about Basaglia in the present tense though he had died six years earlier, and took him to be both a Marxist and of the opinion that ...

A Short History of the Trump Family

Sidney Blumenthal: The First Family, 16 February 2017

... real life. Spy assumed its readers were in on the joke about the ‘short-fingered vulgarian’. (Marco Rubio flung Spy’s slight against Trump in a debate, without noting its provenance in the defunct magazine, if indeed he knew it. Trump heatedly replied: ‘If they’re small something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem.’ The Trump ...

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