Author Philip Roth poses in New York September 15, 2010. American novelist Roth dislikes e-books and the distracting influences of modern technology, which he feels diminishes the ability to appreciate the beauty and aesthetic experience of reading books on paper. Picture taken September 15, 2010. The author, celebrated for such novels as "The Human Stain," believes there is nothing anyone can do about it. Yet, even as he shares his belief about new technology, it is hard not to consider that by writing shorter books -- something he has done regularly since his 1959 debut "Goodbye, Columbus" -- Roth has long been ahead of his time.
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