Irving Rothman

Irving Rothman, a professor of English at the University of Houston, discusses Hurricane Harvey, the house he and his wife have lived in for over 51 years, which had never flooded until Hurricane Harvey, and the impact Harvey has on them. Rothman shares the loss of books, the loss of bookshelves made for him, and his car’s loss. The impact of Harvey is stilling being felt as he and his wife live in an apartment waiting for their house to be elevated and renovated to move back in. Rothman takes a distorted view on the loss of his car, sharing that he now takes Uber and feels like it works for him. Additionally, Rothman discusses the way the flood from Harvey has influenced his writing and research. Rothman also discusses the synagogues that were utterly flooded in Harvey and the handling of the Torah after being damaged.