1. YES… long form reading is in serious decline. And according to Sven Birkets (Changing the Subject: Essays on the Mediated Self), that affects not only the average reader, but the most well-read scholars of today. Smartphones have damaged their attention span too.
  2. Well obviously you answered this within your question. The Great American Novel by Philip Roth! I actually love that book but to really answer your question, it’s hard not to choose The Grapes of Wrath. I’ve never read a novel (or seen any adaptation) that captures the American experience at that scope. But my personal favorite is Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.

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