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The excerpt, titled "Good Neighbors", concerned the trials and tribulations of a couple in St. Franzen read "an extended clip from the second chapter. Franzen has drawn what he describes as a "feminist critique" for the attention that male authors receive over female authors—a critique he supports.
An earlier draft of the manuscript, to which Franzen had made over changes, had been published by mistake. The publisher, HarperCollins, initiated an exchange program, but thousands of books had been distributed by that time.
Franzen appeared alongside the headline "Great American Novelist".
What is all this other stuff? I need room to let things turn around over time and see them from the whole lives of other characters, not just the single character. For better or worse, one point of view never seems to do it for me. In the end, Franzen rejects the goal of writing a great social novel about issues and ideas, in favor of focusing on the internal lives of characters and their emotions.
Difficult ", in The New Yorker. He begins by recounting how some readers felt The Corrections was spoiled by being too high-brow in parts, and summarizes his own views of reading difficult fiction. He proposes a "Status model", whereby the point of fiction is to be Art, and also a "Contract model", whereby the point of fiction is to be Entertainment, and finds that he subscribes to both models.
It also probes the influence of his childhood and adolescence on his creative life, which is then further explored in The Discomfort Zone.
In his introduction, Franzen describes the Broadway musical version as "insipid" and "overpraised. After the Broadway show stirred up so much interest, Franzen said he was inspired to publish it because "I knew it was a good translation, better than anything else out there.
In he published Farther Awaya collection of essays dealing with such topics as his love of birds, his friendship with David Foster Wallaceand his thoughts on technology. It consists of three major essays by the "Perennially [ Essays, in November  According to advance press for the book, the collection "gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, [and] Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes—both human and literary—that have long preoccupied him.
Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.
But somehow this new one really does feel like my last. Who are your influences? What time of day do you work, and what do you write on? I read an interview with an author who says that, at a certain point in writing a novel, the characters "take over" and tell him what to do. Does this happen to you, too?
Is your fiction autobiographical?
In the lecture he said of the third question in particular "This one always raises my blood pressure" and quoted Nabokov in response. In FebruaryFranzen along with writers such as Richard FordZadie Smithand Anne Enright was asked by The Guardian to contribute what he believed were ten serious rules to abide by for aspiring writers.BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard.
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