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Franzen's flippant adoption comment masks deep issues of parenthood

The Guardian slapped a headline on its website recently that read, "Jonathan Franzen considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people."

Twitter has found the perfect way to mock everything infuriating about Jonathan Franzen

#FranzenAirQuotes: The game where you guess what mansplainy thing Franzen is saying -- and everyone wins

Flamed but Not Forgotten: On Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’

The big stuff, globally speaking, is never really what matters in Franzen's novels — not nearly so much as love, anyway.

How Jonathan Franzen Became America’s Leading Public Moralist

“Do you love Jonathan Franzen? Does America? Does the world? These questions sound ridiculous, but they’re the ones Franzen has been posing over the past two decades, as he has, against long odds, made himself the kind of public figure about whom they aren’t entirely ridiculous or even unusual.”

A rollicking satire on the way we live now

Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Purity, comes with great expectations. Its author’s awareness of this fact is signalled by a series of lampoons of writers expected to produce ‘big books’, writers… Read more The post A rollicking satire on the way we live now appeared first on The Spectator.

Jonathan Franzen Is Having More Fun Than His Critics

Jonathan Franzen’s fifth novel, Purity, appears, like his previous one, Freedom, amid the media equivalent of the fog of war. There have been trumpeted interviews and fatuous raves, but also misleading headlines, Twitter diatribes, backlashes to the backlash and a deluge of emptily sassy online retorts aggregating all of the above. Show More Summary

Here's Why Jennifer Weiner Should Quit Complaining About Jonathan Franzen

Maybe it was his initial dismissal of Oprah's Book Club. Or perhaps it was his claims that "Twitter is the ultimate irresponsible medium." The Time magazine cover with the slogan "Great American Novelist" probably did not help neither. Show More Summary

So, Should You Read Jonathan Franzen's New Book, 'Purity'?

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Arguably the most anticipated novel coming out this fall is Jonathan Franzen's Purity, the story of a young girl who tries to work for the Internet but has a horrible time. It's also about many other things, which we discuss below. Franzen's books are hailed as among the best crafted by living writers. Show More Summary

How Jonathan Franzen Became America’s Leading Public Moralist

Love may not be the first word that comes to mind when you hear the name Jonathan Franzen, but it’s a word that’s become more and more important to him over the years. “You have to love before you can be relentless.” That, whatever it means, is the last of... More »

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Alden Jones reviews Purity by Jonathan Franzen today in Rumpus Books.

In 'Purity,' Jonathan Franzen confronts his - and our - demons

Jonathan Franzen's career offers a cautionary narrative - for us as much as him. As far back as 1996, with "Perchance to Dream," his long essay published in Harper's on the state of contemporary fiction, he has filled the role of both avatar and scapegoat, an ambitious writer who can't (or won't)...

Jonathan Franzen’s Icky Secrets

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

The novelist’s new mega-tome is a strangely needy book, chock full of autobiography, from a domineering mother to a friendship-rivalry mirroring his own relationship with David Foster Wallace.

With flippant adoption comment, Jonathan Franzen births social media outrage

The Guardian slapped a headline on its website Friday morning that read, "Jonathan Franzen considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people."

Books of The Times: Review: In ‘Purity,’ Jonathan Franzen Hits a New Octave

This is Mr. Franzen’s most fleet-footed, least self-conscious and most intimate novel yet.

Jonathan Franzen 'Considered Adopting Iraqi Orphan to Figure Out Young People'

Novelist said the idea came to him as he felt he could not identify with ‘cynical and angry’ younger generation, but he was persuaded against it by his editor. In a setup that would not look out of place in fiction, Jonathan Franzen,...Show More Summary

Jonathan Franzen's 'Purity' doesn't have much to say

Jonathan Franzen’s highly anticipated new novel, “Purity,” is about, well, pretty much everything.

The Guardian Trolls Its Own Interview with Jonathan Franzen Before Anyone Else Gets the Chance

The Guardian has offered the clickbait hot take of its own interview with Jonathan Franzen, the entirety of which will be published tomorrow, really taking the wind out of the sails of sanctimonious bloggers around the world. Screenshot Had...Show More Summary

Jonathan Franzen Demonstrates His Spirit Animal Is Lucille Bluth

In a recent interview with The Guardian's Alison Flood promoting his hefty new novel, Purity, Jonathan Franzen made a startling admission. As Flood put it, "He once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to help him understand young...Show More Summary

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