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    NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) -- Philip Roth has been honored in his hometown
    of Newark, which has served as the setting for many of his 26 books.

    Roth, whose "American Pastoral" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for
    fiction in 1997, was greeted at his childhood home by 75 fans who were
    on a bus tour Sunday of places in Newark that have been featured in his
    novels.

    Mayor Sharpe James helped Roth unveil a plaque on the home and a street
    sign renaming the road "Philip Roth Plaza."

    "Today, Newark is my Stockholm and that plaque is my prize," the
    72-year-old writer told the crowd at the Weequahic Branch Library, in
    comments reported by the Star-Ledger of Newark.

    He was referring to the Nobel Prize awarded every year in Stockholm,
    Sweden. Roth was considered a front-runner for this year's Nobel, but
    the award went to British playwright Harold Pinter.

    Roth last visited the home, where he lived from 1933 to 1942, two years
    ago. At the time, he was writing "The Plot Against America," a book
    about what might have happened if Charles A. Lindbergh had run for
    president and defeated Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. The novel is set
    in Newark's Weequahic neighborhood.
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
    --Sinclair Lewis

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    I like it when authors get respect and praise for their work. It's much harder to string the english language together into someting beautiful then to pop your titties out and shake them to a tape recorder.

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    You said it, SVZ. I wish more people took the time and enjoyed the pleasures that are reading. A good book is pretty much better than anything in the world, except maybe good sex...and chocolate.
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
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    Books are so under-valued in our visual culture. I couldn't imagine a world without them.

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    I'll never look a sweat socks the same way again, thannks to "Portnoy's Complaint". Incidentally everything that he says about jewish women is true and then some! They are bloody little tyrants.

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    Portnoy's Complaint was my introduction to him, but it's fallen on my list of faves from him. Right now I'm loving My Life as a Man and The Facts. Kind of companion peices, in a strange way, but equally good.
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
    --Sinclair Lewis

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