Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation Jonathan Franzen claimed he won’t write about race because of limited ‘firsthand
American author Paula Fox poses for a portrait at her home Jan. 13, 2007 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images) Paula Fox, prize-winning adult and children’s author, chronicler of abandonment, loss and desperation — of what happens when things break down — died last week at 93. Show More Summary
It’s long been known that Jonathan Franzen hates the internet and, well, the internet doesn’t exactly love him either. From his writing about women to his comments on being a man (”It’s like there’s no way to make myself not male”) to...Show More Summary
There are certain topics it’s mostly fine to go through life only pretending to know about. Gluten intolerance. Jonathan Franzen. Global warming…for now. So long as you aren’t, say, endangering the life of someone with Celiac Disease or having brunch with Jonathan Franzen, it’s perfectly fine to coast on myths and misinformation about these topics. Show More Summary
Before Jennifer Weiner was a mega-author and No. 1 New York Times best-selling mega-brand, before she started a feud with Jonathan Franzen, before she became the subject of umpteen think pieces, she was one of my favorite novelists.Show More Summary
In 2010, New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner famously used Twitter to shed light on the sexism surrounding the rave reviews of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. The following is an excerpt from her new memoir, Hungry Heart, where she describes using Twitter as a force for good. The book is out now. ... More »
We’re proud to report that “Beautiful Babies” by our editor Lydia Kiesling and “Summer without End” by Wayne Scott were both named a “Notable Essays” in the 2016 edition of The Best American Essays, edited by Jonathan Franzen. The post Best American Notables at The Millions appeared first on The Millions.
Winners of the €10,000 German author-prize, the Welt-Literaturpreis, range from Kertész Imre, two years before he won the Nobel Prize, Amos Oz, and Philip Roth to Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Kehlmann, Murakami Haruki, and, last year, Karl Ove Knausgaard. Now they've announced that this year's prize will go to Zadie Smith; she'll get to pick it up on 10 November.
Nell Zink’s Nicotine is a Gentle Indictment of Fake Shamans and Empty Idealism by Megan Burbank From stodgy bigwigs like Jonathan Franzen to local writers like Cari Luna, literary fiction seems really into characters living in squats and talking about their Marxist politics right now. Show More Summary
Nell Zink has an enviable problem. “I’ve been working hard to find ways to spend money,” she told me a few months ago over risotto in Princeton, New Jersey. Raised in Virginia and living in Germany, the suddenly celebrated 52-year-old novelist had been invited to give her only Stateside reading ... More »
One sleepy week last July, months before Lionel Shriver strode onstage in Brisbane with her sombrero and her fury about cultural appropriation, Slate published a striking interview with Jonathan Franzen, who spoke with surprising candor—as far as I know, for the first time—about why he doesn’t write about African American characters. Show More Summary
Wisdom on artistic paralysis from Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Lydia Davis, and others.
How do you succeed as a writer? Get useful, and humorous, advice from someone who indeed has indeed made it through the loophole - chart-topping American novelist Jonathan Franzen. "If you hang out with me I would have a lot of advice. Show More Summary
Wind energy and birds: Can’t have one without decapitating the other, apparently! That’s more or less the shared position of two prominent American egomaniacs, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and author Jonathan Franzen. Never mind that coal and oil have a worse track record when it...
Trump and Franzen both love birds -- and hearing themselves talk.
“I go to extraordinary lengths not to hear what people are saying about me. But that is itself a form of, well, it’s a form of self-protection because I know that all I have to do is hear one phrase—somebody will report to me all innocently, oh, somebody said such-and-such about me or about something […]
Dear Jon (I hope it's okay if I call you Jon!), Well, well, here we are again, together in the midst of yet another news cycle. As you may have heard — or not, because Twitter stands for "everything [you] oppose” — some people are annoyed about remarks you made to ... More »
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At Slate Isaac Chotiner has 'An exclusive conversation with the novelist' as he talks with Jonathan Franzen on Fame, Fascism, and Why He Won't Write a Book About Race. Franzen admits: "I am not being hounded by my publisher to promote...Show More Summary