Philip Roth Versus the Movies

In February, 1987, Hanif Kureishi was thirty-two and on his way. “My Beautiful Laundrette,” a South London love story for which he wrote the script, had been such a success on British television that it was released in cinemas. Pauline Kael had declared the film “startlingly fresh,” and a follow-up—“Sammy and Rosie Get Laid”—was days away from production. None of this meant anything to Philip Roth. Alongside the scripts, Kureishi had also written some short stories. After...

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