Philip Roth, Techno Star?

By Jason Boog Comment

roth2.gifFollowing an interview with Philip Roth, the journalist and musician James Marcus created a dance remix sampling the great writer’s “Jewish shouting” and laughter–a song destined to be the ringtone of choice among hip literary types this summer.

MobyLives shared the crazy little tune, recorded while Marcus interviewed Roth about an adaptation of “Portnoy’s Complaint.” The interview became a LA Times feature, but Marcus took the clip home to remix into “The Jewish Shouting Mix 3.”

Here’s an explanation, from the Roth profile: “It’s a movie about shouting. Jewish shouting,” [Roth explained]. (He proceeds to give a brief, comical example, which strikes me as a specimen of literary history, like Thoreau demonstrating how to peel the bark off a birch tree.”