Gordon Lish, for those of you who do not follow literary gossip, was a famous editor in the 1970s and 1980s. Nowadays, he is primarily remembered as Raymond Carver's editor, whose short stories he shaved down to knife-edge minimalism. For no apparent reason at all, Newsweek just profiled Lish. He's a bit of a hater, it turns out. Read more...
Last Friday in the Guardian, the novelist Will Self declared the novel dead, inert, lifeless, kaput. Self himself (whoa) tries to hedge his bold headline, but it still leaves him sounding like a much more verbose Jonathan Franzen. Also: he's wrong. Read more...
The last novelist to appear on the cover of Time, (In fact, the only author in the 21st century) was Jonathan Franzen when his dazzling novel, Freedom was released. The novelist before him, the last of the 20th century was Stephen King...Show More Summary
A new anthology celebrates poetry “that moves men to tears,” and it includes the likes of Jonathan Franzen, Ian McEwan, and Salman Rushdie. Meanwhile, for BBC Newsnight, Clive James gets choked up while reading Keith Douglas’s “Cano...
Reviewing Jonathan Franzen's book The Kraus Project, the German poet Michael Hoffmann argues that people call the Austrian satirist, Karl Kraus, brilliant, "though it's sometimes said with a there-now-go-away-please undertone". By that...Show More Summary
I you’ve ever wondered what a Jonathan Franzen children’s book might look like, then boy, do we have the tumbler for you. Artist Jerry Puryear mocks up grown-up classics with the aesthetics of children’s literature--think Cormac McCarthy with cartoon cowboys on the cover, instead of moody...
Imagine Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road, Michael Chabon‘s The Wonder Boys and Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections told through drawings in a children’s book. Jerry Puryear has done just this. He has created a Tumblr page called MisguidedShow More Summary
The Corrections might never make it to screen, but Jonathan Franzen’s New Yorker essay on songbird poaching, “Emptying the Skies” (behind the paywall), is already a documentary. The film follows a group of bird lovers trying to save the endangered animals and even includes an interview with Franzen. Although the documentary just found a distributor, there […]
“The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.” – Jonathan Franzen Scroll, scrolling, scroll, stop. A slice of content caught the ever-roving eyes of today’s digital consumer... Keep reading ?
“Certain American literature is overrated, massively overrated,” Xiaolu Guo says. At the Jaipur Literature Festival, a panel that included Guo, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Jonathan Franzen criticized American literary culture. Amazon has procured...Show More Summary
At the Jaipur Literature Festival in India, Chinese-born novelist Xiaolu Guo went on the offensive against the global dominance of Anglophone literature.
The Jaipur Literature Festival started Friday, and it has a pretty impressive program -- including The Global Novel-panel, which included Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Franzen, and Jim Crace. It's Lahiri's comments that much of the IndianShow More Summary
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The Washington Post asked Jonathan Franzen his favorite chart of the year. He chose a pie chart about the causes of bird mortality created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The organization put together the graphic to illustrate...Show More Summary
Time has its "Person of the Year." Amazon has its books of the year. Pretty Much Amazing has its mixtapes of the year. Buzzfeed has its insane-stories-from-Florida of the year. And Wonkblog, of course, has its graphs of the year. For 2013, we asked some of the year's most interesting, important and influential thinkers to name their favorite graph […]
Still no explanation from Jonathan Franzen on why he lied to a librarian or whether he'll go on a redemptive birdwatching trek with a few fellow avian enthusiasts. Read more...
If you want to know what’s wrong with the modern book trailer, you might start by watching the one for Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom.” Sitting at a table in front of several rows of bookshelves and looking directly into the camera, Franzen...Show More Summary
Er, I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said "sex life," I should have said "erotic journey." This is fucking hilarious. With cameos by Jonathan Franzen, Rashida Jones, and Sloane Crosley. Oh yeah and a brief but burned-to-my-brain on-screen kiss with Franco; if you need me, I'll be in my office dying of jealousy. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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