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Sad Old Literary Man Angry About His Decline (and Jonathan Franzen)

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...

Stop Saying "The Novel is Dead"

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

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...

Taking The Stand for Stephen King

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

Men Crying Over Poetry

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...

George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

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

Artist reinterprets grown-up literary fiction as children’s books

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...

Serious Novels Imagined as Children’s Books on Tumblr

4 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

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

Franzen on Film

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 rise of native advertising: Fine or farce?

“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 ?

Book News: Psychic Amazon, Burroughs with Scissors

“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

Chinese Novelist Guo to Jonathan Franzen: American Lit. ‘Massively Overrated’

At the Jaipur Literature Festival in India, Chinese-born novelist Xiaolu Guo went on the offensive against the global dominance of Anglophone literature.

Global/parochial fiction ?

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

Drop Dead | Maddening Television | Lip Service

6 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlNY

GalleyCat: Jonathan Franzen thinks about dead birds a lot. AppNewser: Android owners can now use their phones to watch all the terrible shows MTV offers. TVNewser: If you’ve ever thought, “You know, I’d really love to hear Anderson Cooper talk about his mom receiving oral sex,” your wish has been granted. New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

Jonathan Franzen’s Favorite Graph of the Year Addresses Bird Mortality

6 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

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

Jonathan Franzen’s graph of the year

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 re

7 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

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...

The Awkward Art of Book Trailers

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

Gary Shteyngart's Sex Life with James Franco

7 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

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 ]

But Who Hates On The Haters?

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 […]

Four Novelists on Their Favorite, Worst and Unintentionally Funny Tweeets

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

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