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On Zadie Smith and the Gen X novel
Has Jonathan Franzen found the key?
Franzen and the women
By Jonathan Franzen, from a footnote to his translation of “Nestroy and Posterity,” a 1912 essay by the Austrian satirist, playwright, poet, aphorist, and critic Karl Kraus (1874–1936). In the…
Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom
The boys in the alley, the disappearing readers, and the novel's ghostly twin
In the age of images, a reason to write novels
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