Video: Alec Baldwin reads from The Plot Against America in New York City on Oct. 15, 2013. (3:32)
“Honey, I did what I did. That’s the end of it.”
That’s Alec Baldwin reading from the opening chapter of Philip Roth’s 2004 novel The Plot Against America back on October 15, 2013. The occasion was a tribute to Roth that Library of America co-sponsored with the cultural advocacy project Toward International Peace Through the Arts (TIPA) at Temple Emanu-el in New York City. Baldwin was preceded onstage by fellow actors Paul Carlin, who read from Portnoy’s Complaint, and John Rothman, who treated the audience to an excerpt from American Pastoral.
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If you like the clip above, a longer excerpt appears below—and Baldwin’s complete reading (which runs for twenty-seven minutes) is available on our YouTube channel. Philip Roth fans, meanwhile, will want to know that in September Library of America will publish Why Write? Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013, the tenth and final volume of LOA’s Roth edition.
Video: Alec Baldwin reads from The Plot Against America: “Fear presides over these memories, a perpetual fear.” (10:06)