Diet Soap Podcast #178: Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

The guest this week is Jay Gertzman and we discuss his book Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist. Samuel Roth was a literary pirate, a purveyor of smut, and a champion of high modernism. For instance Roth published the dirty bits from James Joyce’s Ulysses as a serial in his literary journal Two Worlds Monthly.

It’s Wednesday, April 24th, 2013. I’m Douglas Lain the host of the podcast, and this week the secret word is “masturbation” and here’s an excerpt from Samuel Roth on the subject.

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There is some smut in this episode of Diet Soap. For example, at the end, you’ll hear a bit of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. You’ll hear a bit more than this:

…shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down Jo me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.

The music you’re listening to right now is an instrumental cover of the Violent Femmes Blister in The Sun as covered by the Vitamin String Quartet but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Gertzman and I discuss Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist.


good show passed it along to The Missing Links@ 3AM so maybe they will share it with their audience.

25 Apr 2013, 11:12pm
by Douglas Lain


Thanks, DMF. I hope they do.


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