Philip Roth is *not* on Twitter

“A number of journos believed that a fake Philip Roth account was real, expressed admiration, and didn’t bother to check if it was real or not,” Reluctant Habits managing editor Edward Champion writes in an email. “Didn’t express any skepticism. The minute I heard about it, I emailed Blake Bailey, the author of a forthcoming Roth bio. He emailed me back telling me that it was bogus and issued a clarification on Twitter.” | Update from @PhilipRothOffic: “This account is an hoax created by Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti.” (He’s set up fake accounts before.)

This morning, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan thanked “those who (ever so gently) pointed out that I mistook a fake Philip Roth account for the real thing.”

* Sorry, Philip Roth is not on Twitter ( | The four tweets from @PhilipRothOffic (