A dramatic reading by actor Morgan Spector (HBO’s The Gilded Age and Plot Against America) of one of Roth’s earliest and boldest stories. The story of a Jewish Army sergeant and the Jewish draftee who repeatedly seeks favors from his superior because of their religious bond, “Defender of the Faith” was received with both acclaim and outrage upon its publication, prompting accusations of self-hatred and anti-Semitism. In confronting identity politics and the questions it raises about an artist’s obligations to his community, the story remains as timely today as it was in 1959.

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