Allegorical growth hormone

Peter Mehlman reports that rumors of performance-enhancing drug use extend beyond athletics and into the literary sphere.

One writer, who requested anonymity to avoid seeming cranky, whispered, “Since I came out with Bonfire of the Vanities, I’ve written two novels. Roth has churned out, what, 12? Do the math.”


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