Philip Roth: Gender Bias Rules the World

Many of the 20th century’s literary lights are passing on. Today it is Philip Roth, author of Portnoy’s Complaint (“all about my penis”) as well as one of the worst books I’ve ever forced myself to read: The Human Stain.

The Human Stain is about a black college professor who has passed as white for his entire life who is somehow revealed (I forget the exact plot) and vilified for using…