inothernews:

newsweek:

Things Jonathan Franzen Hates
1. E-books: “That kind of radical contingency is not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government.”
2. Smartphones: “Great allies and enablers of narcissism.”
3. The Internet: “It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.”
4. Cats: “the sociopaths of the pet world.”
5. Experimental fiction: “It’s also in my Protestant nature, however, to expect some reward for this work.”
6. Schmaltzy fiction: “I cringe, myself.”
7. Michiko Kakutani: “the stupidest person in New York City.”
8. Insipid Broadway musical adaptations: “instantly overpraised.”
9. Author videos: “This might be a good place for me to register my profound discomfort at having to make videos like this.”

10.  Half of all the things everyone else likes:  “‘Popular’ is just another word for ‘hipster.’”

I recently finished The Corrections. It’s decent.

inothernews:

newsweek:

Things Jonathan Franzen Hates

1. E-books: “That kind of radical contingency is not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government.”

2. Smartphones: “Great allies and enablers of narcissism.”

3. The Internet: “It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.”

4. Cats: “the sociopaths of the pet world.”

5. Experimental fiction: “It’s also in my Protestant nature, however, to expect some reward for this work.”

6. Schmaltzy fiction: “I cringe, myself.”

7. Michiko Kakutani: “the stupidest person in New York City.”

8. Insipid Broadway musical adaptations: “instantly overpraised.”

9. Author videos: “This might be a good place for me to register my profound discomfort at having to make videos like this.”

10.  Half of all the things everyone else likes:  “‘Popular’ is just another word for ‘hipster.’”

I recently finished The Corrections. It’s decent.

@2 years ago with 549 notes
#johnathan franzen 

"There’s a hazardous sadness to the first sounds of someone else’s work in the morning; it’s as if stillness experiences pain in being broken."

Jonathan Franzen, Freedom (via oliveryeh)

(Source: Guardian, via wordpainting)

@3 years ago with 15 notes
#johnathan franzen #literature 
inothernews:

newsweek:

Things Jonathan Franzen Hates
1. E-books: “That kind of radical contingency is not compatible with a system of justice or responsible self-government.”
2. Smartphones: “Great allies and enablers of narcissism.”
3. The Internet: “It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.”
4. Cats: “the sociopaths of the pet world.”
5. Experimental fiction: “It’s also in my Protestant nature, however, to expect some reward for this work.”
6. Schmaltzy fiction: “I cringe, myself.”
7. Michiko Kakutani: “the stupidest person in New York City.”
8. Insipid Broadway musical adaptations: “instantly overpraised.”
9. Author videos: “This might be a good place for me to register my profound discomfort at having to make videos like this.”

10.  Half of all the things everyone else likes:  “‘Popular’ is just another word for ‘hipster.’”

I recently finished The Corrections. It’s decent.
2 years ago
#johnathan franzen 
"There’s a hazardous sadness to the first sounds of someone else’s work in the morning; it’s as if stillness experiences pain in being broken."
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom (via oliveryeh)

(Source: Guardian, via wordpainting)

3 years ago
#johnathan franzen #literature