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 […]
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“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
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...