My Father, My Portnoy
Fake Ad: February 2014
by Jay Forstner
We received seventy-eight entries correctly identifying the February Fake Ad for the e-book My Father, My Portnoy, by Ira Roth. The ad appeared on page 82 of the issue, nestled among the Services ads.
"Philip Roth at age 80 doesn't claim to have any children," wrote Kathie Wilder. "Thus, it's doubtful 'My Father, My Portnoy' may be a valid memoir. ... Smiled at the author's name, IRA Roth. Apropos during tax season."
Olivia Popp also noted the play on Philip Roth's novel Portnoy's Complaint. "While not the most traditional of plots at the time, it did push Philip Roth to fame on its coarse dialog, harsh irony, and controversial subjects. I'll be sure to buy Ira's book in the parallel universe that sells it."
Linda Etter also wondered about Roth fils's book: "What is his complaint?" she asked.
Our favorite note, though, came from Judi Taylor: "I was just thinking--if I ever play Trivial Pursuit I want you on my team Czar! You seem to have an endless knowledge of everything!" We blush.
Our winner was Chad Rupley. He's taking his gift certificate to Bigalora.
To enter this month's contest, find the Fake Ad in the March issue and follow the instructions in the box at the bottom of the Back Page. The Fake Ad always contains the name of last month's winner in some form.
[Originally published in March, 2014.]