David Simon and Ed Burns discussed with Slate making Philip Roth's novel relevant to the Trump era. "Roth himself said exactly this, the one time I had the opportunity to meet him. He said, 'You have to acknowledge that it’s not a perfect parallel to Trump,'" said Simon. "Because (Charles) Lindbergh was a genuine hero—he was, in fact, one of the greatest heroes of that generation. So he arrives on the scene, not as somebody who is a real estate magnate and failed casino operator and reality show host. He arrives as somebody who had done something extraordinary and had a level of expertise in something as adventurous as aviation. It’s something Roth remembered from his own childhood. And I can tell you my father, who grew up in Jersey City, when he was 7, his father took him on a tube train to New York to see Lindbergh come down Broadway with the ticker tape parade. My father’s earliest memories. And then within 12, 13 years of that, my father is at NYU as a student, and Lindbergh has become anathema if you’re a Jewish American kid." ALSO: David Simon recalls hiring Morgan Spector as the second choice for The Deuce and dropping him when the first choice accepted the role.