David L. Ulin interviews Phillip Roth about old guys writing about cataclysm, his new book Nemesis, and how he taught himself to entertain on the page:

So for me, writing is a performance. "Portnoy's Complaint" was a performance. When you’re an actor who gives a performance, you have a false wig and a false mustache and a crooked back, and when you go backstage you take off those things and then you go out into the street and be yourself. But the problem for a writer is that he can’t take off those things, so when he goes out into the street it looks like that’s the same guy.

Except if you're a blogger.

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