Bibliophysicists now speculate that no less than three parallel versions of Jonathan Franzen can coexist at any given moment, and the variant, some say, could be much higher. This assortment of Franzens—and how readers interpret them—can make an impartial reading of his work problematic....more
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Yvonne is the craftiest farm animal to evade slaughter since Wilbur.
After this six-year old German cow ran away en route to the slaughterhouse back in May, she’s been on the loose, making headlines, garnering sympathy from the public and once running into a police car before making yet another seamless getaway....more
“I do not believe that apparent authoritative literary voices of validation would ever make such a grand claim about a novel written by a woman. I say this because I believe there are many novels by women that are about the same sort of world as presented in Freedom. Sadly, the culture usually calls these books domestic or family sagas. Are the novels of Anne Tyler, Marilynne Robinson and Mona Simpson any less white and middle “American” than Franzen”...more
Introduced by author Chuck Kinder, Lorin Stein talks with the book review editor of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and chats about Freedom and the future of the publishing industry....more