Jonathan Franzen’s Kraus Project should be “a match made in heaven,” writes Jacob Mikanowski, because of how it pairs together “the old hater [Karl Kraus] and the new [Franzen], the Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid of cultural criticism drawn together across the gulf of a century to take on all comers.” Alas, the end result […]
For TueNight.com by Cary Barbor In his contribution to The Guardian's "Ten Rules for Writing Fiction," Jonathan Franzen listed this one: "It's doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction."...Show More Summary
Every week, we read another article about what Jonathan Franzen hates, but in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Franzen discussed his favorite books. He’s a fan of Harriet the Spy, Gone with the Wind, Childhood’s End, and The Trial.
After enduring the “talking excrement” in “The Corrections” and the bathroom disaster in “Freedom,” you might have hoped Jonathan Franzen had exhausted the possibilities of poo in literary fiction. Well, flush that thought from your mind. Another Jonathan is back on the pot. In Jonathan Miles’s new comic novel, “Want Not,” we meet an obnoxious […]
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Jonathan Franzen picked up the Welt-Literaturpreis on Friday, and since it is run by a newspaper, Die Welt, they give it lots of coverage. Among the pieces on offer yesterday: Franzen's acceptance speech -- albeit only in German translation. Daniel...Show More Summary
With the 25th-anniversary-edition of The Twenty-Seventh City just out (I would have figured they would have waited two more years...), Jonathan Franzen answers Stephan Lee's questions about the books he loves and loathes at Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life weblog. Always a fun exercise, even if not especially revealing here.
You can add J.D. Salinger and E.M. Forster’s “Howard’s End” to the list of Jonathan Franzen’s dislikes. The novelist went on the record with Entertainment Weekly on Friday to discuss his favorite and least favorite literary offerings. What did we learn? That Franzen never got past page 50 of...
You’ve certainly heard of Jonathan Franzen’s most famous books, The Corrections and Freedom, but maybe not his terrific but under-read
Although she might dread forced alone time with Jonathan Franzen more than ghosts or witches, author Jennifer Weiner taps into
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The novelist is at it again, sticking his oar in about digital media — he shared his views in a recent interview. News by Dean Fetzer Jonathan Franzen’s a hater: the more he opens his mouth the more bile and venom spews out. The author...Show More Summary
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Writers have always had a problematic relationship with money, never more so than in this increasingly freelance economy. Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin have launched Scratch magazine -- which defines itself as a site about the intersection...Show More Summary
A six-year-old just completed a half-marathon and I just made it half-way through Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. We're even!!! Read more...
Scratch is apparently a new online site, and they now offer a free preview issue with, among other things, Manjula Martin's Interview with Jonathan Franzen. Apparently: "Despite his ability to deliver inflammatory sound bytes, Franzen's...Show More Summary
Scratch Magazine has opened online, running a long interview with Jonathan Franzen in its first issue. Franzen spoke frankly about his early career as a writer and explained how the publishing world has changed since his first book deal. Show More Summary
When we quizzed Justin Long about rom-coms earlier this year, he passed with flying colors. Because Justin Long doesn't just star in romantic comedies, Justin Long loves romantic comedies. He even co-wrote one of his own, A Case of You, while listening to Joni Mitchell. The movie, now available on... More »
As evidenced by the amazing quiz “Jonathan Franzen Gripe or YouTube Comment about Saggy Pants,” a perception exists that the widely acclaimed writer is allergic to new technology. At Slate, Benjamin Nugent argues that Franzen’s new book, The Karl Kraus Project, proves inadvertently that Franzen is less of a Luddite than we think.