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It Ain't Heavy, It's a Book Break!

Dave Astor | Posted 04.03.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

People who love novels almost never stop reading them. But some of us need to occasionally take a brief break from "heavier" novels, including cherished classics and the best of modern literature.

Johannes Franzen: "Print Books Are Damaging to Society"

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 04.01.2012 | Comedy
Andrew Shaffer

"When I read a book that's been painstakingly transcribed by hand, I'm handling an object that took a scribe six months to a year to copy," Johannes Franzen told booksellers at the 1564 Frankfurt Book Fair.

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...

"Freedom" to Try to Write Literature

Robert Schwab | Posted 03.04.2012 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Finally having finished Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, I wanted to review it here, hoping to acknowledge the long-term pleasure one gets from reading even when the quality of the writing is less than you might have hoped.

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."

The Best Moments From The New Yorker Festival With Arrested Development, Jonathan Franzen, Steve Martin And More

Posted 12.03.2011 | Home

The New Yorker put cultural figures from across the spectrum in the hot seat this past weekend for their whirlwind festival, playing to intimate crowd...

Jonathan Franzen Is Definitely Adapting 'The Corrections' For HBO

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 12.02.2011 | Home

Great American novelist Jonathan Franzen told a packed house yesterday he's definitely adapting his sweeping third novel, "The Corrections" for HBO. T...

Literary References In The Simpsons

Posted 11.27.2011 | Arts

With the 23rd season of The Simpsons premiering on Sunday, America's longest-running sitcom is still going strong. Despite the perennial complaints ab...

Fifteen of This Millennium's Top Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 10.29.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

These aren't necessarily the best novels of the past 11 years, because there are acclaimed books I've yet to read.

New Yorker Festival Lineup Announced

Posted 10.25.2011 | Home

The New Yorker Festival has returned for its 12th year, and they've wrangled quite a lineup for this year's meeting of the minds. From the New Yor...

17 Smart Books You Must Read This Summer

Lisa Bloom | Posted 09.13.2011 | Books
Lisa Bloom

How do you find great books to read? Here's a reading list of books that will stir you, provoke you, keep you up at night and make you late for work, and get your grey matter sizzling.

Screw Irony: What Jonathan Franzen Learned From David Foster Wallace

Charlie Alderman | Posted 08.29.2011 | Books
Charlie Alderman

James Woods describes Jonathan Franzen, as a "cultural ironist, always a twisted adjective ahead of his characters." I'd argue that this gloss of Franzen misrepresents his two most well-known novels.

WATCH: Best And Worst Book Trailers

Posted 08.03.2011 | Books

It was an irresistible proposition when Meliville House asked us to be part of the judging panel for the Moby Awards for best and worst book trailers....

What Jonathan Franzen Didn't Include In His "New York Times" Op-Ed | Posted 07.31.2011 | Books

On May 28, 2011, The New York Times published a Jonathan Franzen op-ed “adapted from a commencement speech he delivered on May 21 at Kenyon College....

Which Real Colleges Have Been Used In Fictional Landscapes?

The Washington Post | Hide This | Posted 07.18.2011 | Books

Tina Fey studied drama at the University of Virginia. But that genteel Southern collegiate pedigree would hardly suit Liz Lemon, her “30 Rock” alt...

The Guardian's Literary Clock: Building 24 Hours Of Literary References To Time | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books

Amy Hertz, The Huffington Post: The Guardian has compiled a chart of literary references to time. Everything from Shakespeare to Jonathan Franzen, the...

PHOTOS: HuffPost Editors' Picks, Books We're Loving Right Now

Posted 06.30.2011 | Books

The reporters and editors on the Huffington Post staff are serious book lovers and we wanted to know what they're reading and loving now, hoping that ...

Jonathan Franzen: I Keep Pot In My Freezer

Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

Jonathan Franzen keeps marijuana in his freezer, author Elif Batuman writes in The Guardian. Batuman, a National Book Critics Circle finalist and the...

Time 100 List Includes Six Writers (One Of Whom Is Our Very Own Arianna Huffington)

GalleyCat | Maryann Yin on April 21, 2011 12:43 PM | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

The 2011 edition of the Time 100 list included six writers....

Elif Batuman Discusses Being A Bestseller And Asking Jonathan Franzen For Weed

The Guardian | Elif Batuman | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

So it's difficult to articulate what possessed me, at a later, boozier point in the dinner, to ask Franzen whether he had any weed. "Wheat?" Franze...

Audio Walking Tours With Contemporary Literature As Your Guide | Posted 06.15.2011 | Books

There’s a passage in Don DeLillo’s Americana where he describes walking down a busy sidewalk among a throng of New Yorkers. He captured this feeli...

Jennifer Egan Wins the Tournament Of Books

Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.05.2011 | Books

Jennifer Egan's "A Visit From the Goon Squad" was declared the winner of The Morning News' annual literary competition, The Tournament of Books, on Mo...

Book Cover Design: Where The Cover Of Your Favorite Novel Comes From

The Atlantic | CHARLOTTE STRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Every three months or so, we gather together. In our hands, launch meeting packets still hot off the copy machine. Our editor-in-chief sits at the hea...

Fictional Feasts: Mouth-Watering Moments Of Literary Gastronomy | Nina MacLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Watch Man Vs. Food before bed and you go to sleep craving French dipped sandwiches and face-sized burgers with cheese injected into the middle of the ...

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.