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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."