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Jonathan Franzen: Books Made Me Survive

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.26.2016 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

We visited Jonathan Franzen at his California home, where he shared his approach to writing character-driven novels and his thoughts on being a writer in America: "I play for 'Team Literature' and so I'm on the lookout for things that threaten the team."

An Open Letter to Jonathan Franzen, or How I Learned to Love the Twittersphere

Amanda Guinzburg | Posted 05.09.2012 | Home
Amanda Guinzburg

The fact is the digital train has already long left the station and we, those of us who call ourselves writers and artists, have an obligation to get on board so we might impact the nature of the trip.

On the Women of Freedom and The Marriage Plot

Sabina Murray | Posted 04.07.2012 | Books
Sabina Murray

Literary novels like The Marriage Plot and Freedom that reach a broad a readership are rare cultural opportunities to create dialogue about the societies represented within, the people represented within, and the women represented within.

PHOTOS: Jonathan Franzen And Other Authors Who Hate EBooks

Posted 01.31.2012 | Books

Jonathan Franzen has spoken out against the rise of eBooks at a literary festival in Cartagena, Colombia. According to the Daily Telegraph, the aut...

5 Political Novels Worth Reading

Delia Lloyd | Posted 02.02.2012 | Books
Delia Lloyd

I'm not sure I see that there's necessarily a trade-off between fiction and non-fiction. More to the point, however, I completely reject that premise that fiction is so obviously apolitical.

Novelist Jonathan Franzen in Discussion With Time's Lev Grossman

Elana Estrin | Posted 12.19.2011 | Books
Elana Estrin

"Almost the definition of a mensch, a good person, is that in their heart of hearts they're rather hard on themselves. And yet, you can't get out of bed in the morning if you don't love yourself. I'm merciless towards myself, so being merciless towards my characters comes naturally."

Broom of the Freedom: A David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen Friendship

Caitlin Colford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Caitlin Colford

Both Franzen and Wallace used up buckets of ink and callused their fingertips describing the pain that came hand in hand with being a writer, trying to distinguish some underlying significance.

10 Things I Liked About 2010

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Albert Imperato

Ever the optimist, I decided that my last post of the year should be a tribute to the things, from Mahler to Freedom, that made the past year endurable, if not, at times, outright beautiful.

Jonathan Franzen On 'Oprah' | Alexander Nazaryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Patty went even more overboard with Total Jockworld than most, because she could! Because she'd finally escaped from Westchester!" The above was wri...

Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom': About Environmental Activism?

The Guardian | Amanda Little | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

What reviewers have almost unanimously ignored, however, is that this indelible portrait of our times is also an indelible portrait of contemporary en...

Franzen and Egan Find Music's Direction: Five Gears in Reverse

Bob Moses | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Bob Moses

We simultaneously celebrate the literate, pre-modern preoccupations of Elvis Costello's National Ransom and the bile of Get Happy!!!

WATCH: Denis Leary Says...

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Denis Leary is at it again, this time in his own book trailer for "Suck On This Year." He says people only pretend to read Franzen and other things th...

Fifty First (J)Dates: Alikewise: The Online Dating Equivalent to Wearing Glasses

Meredith Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Meredith Fineman

We're continuing on the journey/search for the expansive online dating saga, from JDate to Match to....books? I tried "Alikewise" (the name is sort of...

The Bookfuturist: Where Are the iPhone Addicts and Facebook 'Stalkers' in Contemporary Fiction?

Joanne McNeil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joanne McNeil

Almost all literary fiction is science fiction, a thought experiment as to what life might be like if we weren't so absorbed in our iPhones but instead watched and listened to the world around us at a moment's rest.

Scott Rudin Buys New Jonathan Franzen Novel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

What does it say about how we value our literary lions now when Jonathan Franzen is the first living author placed on Time magazine's cover since Step...

My Takeaway From the Metropolitan Opera's New Rheingold

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

The Metropolitan Opera's season-opening performances last week of Wagner's Das Rheingold got lots of media attention, and with good reason.

WATCH: Franzen, 'The Present Is So Present'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In an interview with PBS's Jeffrey Brown, bestselling author Jonathan Franzen said, "I'm not writing for people in 200 years; I'm trying to create boo...

5 Meanest Book Reviews Ever

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It has been said that any publicity is good publicity. But when someone describes your writing as "like reading a bad newspaper or a bad piece in a ma...

Oprah's 'Freedom' Fancy Is Cannibalistic | Chauncey Mabe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Already a best-seller, "Freedom" is going to sell millions of copies. With Oprah's seal of approval, it may become the kudzu of the literary world, ov...

Meet Jonathan Franzen At The Aratani/Japanese American Theatre Tonight

Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Who: Award-winning author Jonathan Franzen. What: Jonathan Franzen will be in conversation with author and LA Times columnist Meghan Daum about his l...

Critic Ron Charles Crafts Hilarious Video Review Of Franzen's 'Freedom' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Washington Post fiction critic Ron Charles breaks ground with an innovative -- and hilarious -- video review of Jonathan Franzen's newest novel, "...

On 'Freedom' Pub Date, Franzen Picks Four OTHER Books You Must Read

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum What appear at first to be just interconnected short stories--albeit beautifully written, distinctivel...

When Is a Literary Feud NOT a Literary Feud?

Lisa Solod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lisa Solod

For all those tired of debating who is a "real" American and to whom Constitutional rights apply, and don't, the feud between literary star Jonathan Franzen and bestselling novelists Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult is a welcome distraction.

Weiner Escalates Feud With Franzen Coverage

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dubbing the pre-publication furore "Franzenfrenzy", Weiner put out a call to her 15,000 Twitter follows "for non-Franzen novels about love, identity, ...

'Feedom' Jonathan Franzen's Best Novel? The Times Seems To Think So. Do You Agree? | MICHIKO KAKUTANI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mr. Franzen has written his most deeply felt novel yet -- a novel that turns out to be both a compelling biography of a dysfunctional family and an in...