Before the welcome downpour of anticipated fall books rolls in (a new Jonathan Franzen novel? The conclusion to Elena Ferrante's tear-jerking series? We'll be spending the latter half of 2015 huddled up inside, thankyouverymuch), we recommend basking in the excellent stories that've already been published this year. Show More Summary
Mr. Franzen will read from his new novel, "Purity," and Ms. Staples will perform with Joan Osborne, during the 2015-16 season.
"Five Easy Pieces" is a Rumpus exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming 52 Men, with autobiographical portraits based on based on Lou Reed, Michael Stipe, Jonathan Franzen, Jay Carney, and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper.
Early Wednesday, n+1, beloved magazine of the internet intelligentsia, published novelist Nell Zink’s mocking and joyful review of Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming novel, Purity. By mid-afternoon, the contents of the article were replaced by this note: “This page is temporarily unavailable. Return to the n+1 homepage or read more by Nell Zink. —The Editors.” Read more...
Nell Zink reviews Jonathan Franzen, everyone else can go home, we're done here.
"Franzen's a better writer" than Weiner. "That's the long and short of it," says FSG head. Also, his new novel!
When we began putting together this summer’s Fiction Issue, we planned to focus on stories set at particular moments in history. At a certain point, we realized that all the pieces we’d chosen also involved secrets: Jonathan Franzen’s...Show More Summary
One evening last week, a group of writers, including Paul Auster, A. M. Homes, Jonathan Franzen, Ha Jin, Francine Prose, and Murong Xuecun, gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library to denounce censorship in China. Franzen...Show More Summary
“It gets harder to write novels, not easier.” - Jonathan Franzen (source)
In 2003, The New Yorker dispatched acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen to write a mega-profile of Denny Hastert, who four years earlier had improbably become House speaker following Newt Gingrich's implosion during the Clinton impeachment scandal. Show More Summary
This year’s edition of BookExpo America, the bookselling trade fair currently winding down at the Javits Center, is the first to be followed by a completely separate BookCon, the consumer-facing convention that runs this weekend. But that didn’t seem to take any heat off the annual frenzy of industry people... More »
Purity: No one has read it, but everyone already has an opinion You really don’t have to be a big reader or overly concerned with state of the novel to have an opinion of Jonathan Franzen. For the past week, I have been carrying around an advance reader’s copy of Franzen’s new novel Purity, due for release in September. Show More Summary
Yesterday, federal prosecutors indicted Dennis Hastert, the Republican congressman from Illinois who was Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, charging him with lying to the F.B.I and evading bank regulations, in an attempt to hide...Show More Summary
In an interview with Salon co-founder Laura Miller, Jonathan Franzen fidgeted a little in his seat. Miller was asking him about Purity, his anticipated new novel, which is apparently a departure from his more cerebral, thematic stories. “I actually turned against plot very, very consciously and deliberately in writing The Corrections,” he said. Show More Summary
Book Expo America, the publishing industry’s largest trade show, tends to kick off with keynote speeches by nonfiction celebrities (your Alan Greenspans and Barbra Streisands). But this year, with pop stars channeled toward consumer-facing BookCon — which runs at the Javits this coming weekend on the heels of BEA —... More »
Planning to teach Wharton soon, I took another look at Franzen's New Yorker hatchet job on Edith Wharton and it was worse than I remembered. The critics' darling praises her classics The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and...Show More Summary
If Franzen is our genius realist, and DFW our genius postmodernist -- how might they meld irony and sincerity?
YouTube link. Discussed at length by Jonathan Franzen in The New Yorker: Migratory birds were an important seasonal source of protein in the countryside, and older Cypriots today remember being told by their mothers to go out to the garden and catch some dinner. Show More Summary
"Hey Walt, join me on this couch for a sec?" Oscar Wilde / Shutterstock • Did you know that Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde probably boned? "I have the kiss of Walt Whitman still on my lips," Wilde said. This may not be "news," but it was news to me. • By the way, Walt Whitman once referred to his chest hair as the scented herbage of his breast. Show More Summary
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