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Tuesday, January 14 2014

A Quarter Century After Its Debut, 'The Twenty-Seventh City' Merits Our Full Attention

The Twenty-Seventh City, first published in 1988, is shockingly prescient. A reader unaware of the publication date would assume it recent.


Thursday, May 24 2012

Jonathan Franzen and the Problem of Sympathy in 'Farther Away'

Farther Away celebrates the moments when we retreat from technology and the personas we cultivate through social media, when artifice is stripped, and we are left with arguments, empathy, imperfection and humility—the raw materiality of being.


Tuesday, October 11 2011

Fiction & Fact at The New Yorker Festival: Jonathan Franzen + 'Reporting from the Edge'

Looking at two events, Jonathan Franzen talks with David Remnick and Reporting from the Edge: Covering Conflict.


Tuesday, November 23 2010

'Freedom' Explores What It Means to be Good

Walter's situation is indicative of that which all of Franzen’s characters face: How to negotiate our better selves against the tug of monetary gain, sexual desire, and the competitive streak that so often both defines and undoes us all.


Saturday, December 31 1994

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

It is a veritable cornucopia of dysfunction, and because Franzen skewers American culture through the lens of one American family, the book has the potential to alienate large segments of the reading public, particularly, or at least in my experience, an older reading public.


Blogs

Tuesday, December 14 2010

Win a Signed Copy of 'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen

In 3 words or less, what does "Freedom" mean to you? Let us know and you have a chance to win a signed copy of Jonathan Franzen's new book.


News

Friday, May 11 2012

Jonathan Franzen senses our interpersonal separation and encourages engagement

I didn’t much like Jonathan Franzen’s essay “Farther Away” when I read it a year ago in the New Yorker. A complicated mishmash


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