Rihanna is being named one of "The Greats" alongside directors Quentin Tarantino and Steve McQueen, designer Karl Lagerfeld, author Jonathan Franzen and entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes in the new issue of T Magazine. Continue reading…
David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons If Franzen can afford this tux, he can afford an image consultant. I'm almost starting to feel bad for Jonathan Franzen: It seems like every time he's interviewed, he says something so deeply tone-deaf, I want someone to crowdfund a new publicist for him. Show More Summary
If the amount of time it took me to get through this article about Jonathan Franzen is any indication then he may actually have a point about how bad the Internet is. I mean, if that’s the thing he’s complaining about, how distraction-prone it makes us. I swear this tab must have sat open for […]
Among the redwoods of Santa Cruz, Rachel Kushner and the American novelist ricochet through reading as a religious experience, the cultural evolution of East Germany and the nightmare of total transparency.
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Jonathan Franzen’s Purity might be the most talked-about new release in the book world this fall, which is well and good -- his novel about naive, youthful attempts to lead morally pure lives is fun, if flawed. But there are plenty of...Show More Summary
"Purity" book review: In the Aug. 30 Arts & Books section, a book review of Jonathan Franzen's "Purity" quoted a passage from the novel as saying, "Only love, only long empathy and identification and compassion, can root another person in your heart so deeply there's no escaping your hatred of...
Once a month we like to take a peek at our top-selling signed books. September was a busy month for literary award-finalists – our list includes two National Book Award and four Man Booker finalists. 1. Purity by Jonathan Franzen 2. Brief History of Seven Killings by James Marlon 3. A Full Life: Reflections at […]
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review. Sherry Turkle’s “Reclaiming Conversation” The novelist Jonathan Franzen offers an interesting reflection on a new book about the perils of creeping technological dependence. —Will Knight, Senior Editor, AI
Purity is a superb novel, with fascinating characters and a deeply satisfying plot. Also, because it is a novel authored by Jonathan Franzen, it is full of very strange sex. In fact, one of Purity’s greatest gifts to the culture is the...Show More Summary
Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. “Jonathan Franzen is Having More Fun Than His Critics,” reads the headline of Laura Miller’s rave review of the author’s latest tome, Purity. In the review, and in a later podcast, Miller insists that there is little to be gleaned from trying to understand […]
Jonathan Franzen reviews a new book based on interviews with people who say they feel controlled by new technologies.
Jonathan Franzen, author of “The Corrections,” “Freedom,” and “Purity,” is hosting the WSJ Book Club this month. He selected Kenzaburo Oe’s harrowing short novel from 1964, “A Personal Matter,” which he calls “an unusually readable existentialist...Show More Summary
Jonathan Safran Foer has recruited Jonathan Franzen to write one of Chipotle’s illustrated essays on their paper cups and take-out bags (which we’ve written about before). As Franzen explains it, “Chipotle store credit was a decisive factor. Chipotle is my go-to fast food restaurant. I also admire its wish to be a good corporate citizen.”
The €10,000 "Welt"-Literaturpreis is a leading German international author prize, with a decent list of winners (including Murakami Haruki last year and Jonathan Franzen in 2013) -- albeit tending to the more 'popular'/bestselling-part...Show More Summary
As Uproxx notes, Jonathan Franzen was — back in the day, after the release of The Corrections — dismayed by the idea of being branded by Oprah’s Book Club, but he now has become one of 12 authors whose work is appearing on a new round of Chipotle bags and cups. …Read More
A new installment in Chipotle's "Cultivating Thought" campaign—which prints original short stories from successful writers on the sides of its paper bags and cups—has more high culture to go with your salty burrito and soft drink. This...Show More Summary
When last we met, Jonathan Franzen had mucked up the early pages of his novel Purity with repeated appraisals of the sex appeal of his main character, Pip. I was creeped out, but leaving room for the possibility that Franzen might be up to something that would redeem—or at least make some sense of—all the leering. Maybe it was some kind of writerly device! Read more...