5 Reasons We Love To Hate Jonathan Franzen

Column by Peter Derk January 16, 2019
Haters gonna hate. But are the reasons legit?

The State of the Great American Novel

Column by Leah Dearborn July 19, 2016
How can anyone make a statement about what constitutes a Great American Novel without a better understanding of what Americans are actually reading and why?

Charles Bukowski reviews 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

Column by Cath Murphy
Chuck gets an assignment from the Angel Gabriel. Is it his fault a simple review of Franzen's new book ends up with him smacking Jane Austen in the chops?
Bookshots: 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

Bookshots: 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

Review by Freddie Moore
Franzen's latest cultural criticism comes with a twist of Dickens.

The 2013 Author Awards

Column by Cath Murphy
Unlike actors and musicians, writers don't get Oscars or Grammys. It's time to put that straight with the first annual Author Awards.
Jonathan Franzen hates the Internet

Jonathan Franzen hates the Internet and thinks it “should be really strictly regulated”

News by Dean Fetzer October 25, 2013
The novelist is at it again, sticking his oar in about digital media — he shared his views in a recent interview.

Life-Changers and Soul-Crushers: 3 Books I Feel Blessed to Have Read & 3 I Wish I Could Obliterate from My Memory

Column by Taylor Houston April 26, 2013
Let the debates begin! Three books that made me want to be a better writer and better person, and three books that made me want to gouge my eyes out.

Why Write?

Column by Karina Wilson February 27, 2013
Why write? After George Orwell, Joan Didion and Jonathan Franzen, a panel of writers at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, debate the issue.
Jonathan Franzen reads at Sandy Hates Books fundraiser

Jonathan Franzen Gives a Reading!

News by Dean Fetzer November 23, 2012
Franzen, notorious for not doing readings, joined members of New York's literary glitterati in a fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
HBO Declines To Pick Up 'The Corrections'

HBO Declines To Pick Up Show Based On Franzen's 'The Corrections'

News by Rob Hart May 2, 2012
HBO won't pick up a show based on Franzen's award-winning novel. It would have starred Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor, with Franzen helping to write the show's pilot.

New Release Roundup: Recommendations for April 2012

Column by John Jarzemsky April 2, 2012
A look at what's new on the publishing docket for April 2012.

No Thanks, Mr Franzen, I Like My Novels Difficult

Column by Phil Jourdan March 14, 2012
Never mind Jonathan Franzen's rants on eBooks and Twitter. He poses a more serious threat: the decline of literary difficulty.
Jonathan Franzen hates twitter

Jonathan Franzen, Cranky Curmudgeon, Hates Twitter, Gets Tweeted About

News by Hanna Brooks Olsen March 6, 2012
Is Jonathan Franzen gunning for Andy Rooney's '60 Minutes' seat? During a speaking engagement last night, he admitted that he finds Twitter "unspeakably irritating." Naturally, it spawned a hashtag.
Franzen Says eBooks Are The Worst

Franzen Says eBooks Are The Worst

News by Rob Hart January 30, 2012
'Freedom' author Jonathan Franzen says eBooks are bad for society and literature--but his argument lacks supporting evidence.
Frazen vs Wallace

Jonathan Franzen Drops Gossip On David Foster Wallace

News by Brandon Tietz October 13, 2011
Is it possible that David Foster Wallace took some liberties with his non-fiction? Jonathan Franzen thinks so.