Posts Tagged: Jonathan Safran Foer
Almost as notable as an artist’s work nowadays are the comments and speculative personas that arise around them on the Internet. Jonathan Safran Foer is something of a perfect storm, having attracted the disdain of the public without seeming fazed enough to make that public feel any remorse....more
If anything, Emerson’s transparent eyeball is now a webcam hacked by the NSA.
Over at Lit Hub, Jonathon Sturgeon writes about the supposedly rampant and undying force of individualism in American writing—the “imperial self,” an all-encompassing and socially blind thing—from Emerson and Whitman to Safran Foer and Franzen....more
It’s not easy being a literary star. From the existential crises that comes from fame to the struggle to follow up a critically acclaimed first novel, becoming “a writer” for life involves a lot more than publishing a bestseller. Read Lev Grossman’s fascinating bio for TIME Magazine on what Jonathan Safran Foer (author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) has been up to: everything from divorce, leaving a major television project, to taking nearly eleven years to write his third novel....more
At Electric Literature, Manuel Betancourt argues that there is value to the “cheap sentimentality” in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and its film adaptation:
What cheap sentimentality can do is to short-circuit our connection to the depths of our emotions, precisely by making us feel that they are closer to the surface than we’re perhaps comfortable with.
Remember the literary packaging that Jonathan Safran Foer developed with Chipotle? Well, someone at Yale has decided it’s worth holding onto—the Beinecke Rare Book Library will soon add a complete set of the cups and carry-out bags printed with the work of Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and others to its collection of “publications combining poetry and unusual printing formats.”...more
Last year Jonathan Safran Foer teamed up with Chipotle to create a line of cups and to-go bags with short stories by Toni Morrison and George Saunders printed on the side. Now the author is at it again, curating a new series of takeout literature that will include writing from Paulo Coelho, Barbara Kingsolver, as well as comedian Aziz Ansari....more
Chipotle is getting into the publishing business. Vanity Fair reports that the burrito chain’s cups and bags will feature very short stories from authors like Jonathan Safran Foer, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and others. Shortly after the announcement, Slate published Cormac McCarthy’s “rejected” story....more
In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Jonathan Safran Foer (award-winning author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) contemplates the implications of living in a society full of “iDistractions,” arguing that the increased daily use of new technology might be limiting our capacity for empathy and compassion....more
Jonathan Safran Foer’s New Yorker piece, “Speechless” eloquently identifies the difficulty of finding words amidst an indescribable nightmare while remembering 9/11.
“Dozens of phone calls home were placed from the towers between the moment that the first plane hit and the time that the north tower collapsed....more