I have finished reading The Human Stain by Philip Roth and started on Music: A Subversive History by Ted Gioia. I came across the latter after stumbling on a podcast (Icons passim).
The former was recommended by Steve (Icons passim) and it is is indeed a fine, fine novel. That said I struggled with it at first as I thought the insufferable Nathan Zuckerman was an alter ego speaking in the author's authentic voice, as opposed to an unreliable narrator who is probably as deluded as the other characters. This is what makes the ice fishing scene at the end of the last chapter so poignant. I started to wonder if Les Farley was guilty at all. Roth was the matador and Zuckerman the cape to my confused and outraged bull.