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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On Monday, May 11, an elite few began receiving advanced copies of Purity, the latest release from Great Male American Author, Jonathan Franzen. “Oh pussycat,” the novel begins. “Oh god, no,” the public begs. Read more...
Our Review: Jonathan Franzen’s Purity
In his article, "The Corrections: Jonathan Franzen’s Deeply Irresponsible Climate Change Article" Joe Romm, climate hawk, uses a nonsensical graphic borrowed from U.S.News & World Report in an attempt to stifle criticism of renewable energy, writes RUss Finley in his review of the issues.
Franzen and filmmaker Roger Kass talk to Salon about the new documentary "Emptying the Skies"
Face it, for all their portable, cloud-based convenience, e-books lack the ennobling, physical presence of bound paper. Even if you don’t need to keep a hard copy of every James Patterson novel you’ve ever read, admit it, there are still some special books — real books — that you want close by, in three dimensions, […]
Written by Abigail Dillen, Vice President of Litigation for Climate & Energy, Earthjustice. In a recent New Yorker piece, author Jonathan Franzen sparked a necessary conversation for people that care about climate change. His premise...Show More Summary