The Guardian slapped a headline on its website recently that read, "Jonathan Franzen considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people."
#FranzenAirQuotes: The game where you guess what mansplainy thing Franzen is saying -- and everyone wins
The big stuff, globally speaking, is never really what matters in Franzen's novels — not nearly so much as love, anyway.
“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.”
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’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
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
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
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 »
Alden Jones reviews Purity by Jonathan Franzen today in Rumpus Books.
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)...
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.
The Guardian slapped a headline on its website Friday morning that read, "Jonathan Franzen considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people."
This is Mr. Franzen’s most fleet-footed, least self-conscious and most intimate novel yet.
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 highly anticipated new novel, “Purity,” is about, well, pretty much everything.
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
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The endlessly entertaining Weiner/Franzen beef rages on
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