Today in "Traditionalists Hating Technology," local literary darling Jonathan Franzen, author of the popular novels Freedom and The Corrections, has come out in opposition of e-books. Speaking at the Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia, Franzen told reporters that he believes the impermanence of the ... More >>
You know what Jonathan Franzen hates? The vacuousness of our modern techno-consumerism, and oh, how he hates his BlackBerry and yet loves its "marvelous clarity of its screen, the silky action of its track pad, the shocking speed of its responses, the beguiling elegance of its graphics." Sorr ... More >>
viaDid you win a Pulitzer Prize today? Us either. If you're from the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald or The Tennessean, you also did not win, even though you were in fact nominated in the category of Breaking News Reporting. That $10,000 prize -- "For a distinguished example ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioTrade plot twists for the pretzel kind.
Somewhere on a dusty chunk of earth bordered by two rivers, a king's BFF got shit-faced on beer, then started yelling at the hooker who was trying to ply him with alcohol.
You might think this titillating bit marks the beginning of a Mid ... More >>
The 2010 National Book Awards at the Cipriani Wall Street ballroom. All the people who were at these tables are still hungover.An unlikely ballroom of people in the troubled business of literature -- publishers, editors, writers, reporters, and respective sycophants -- gather yearly to ostens ... More >>
A Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in America is a curious piece of paper, one that says something about the person holding it -- mostly, that they survived an MFA program without killing themselves, which apparently isn't easy -- and also, in some circles, acts as a certification that ... More >>
Click to Enlarge.An idea for the cover.Dear Struggling Authors of America, please read the following around friends, family, or other people who can protect you from harming yourself. And Jonathan Franzen, look out. You think you wrote The Great American Novel? Think again. Star Jersey Shore ... More >>
Though the NFL season officially started on Thursday, today is the day you will lose your fathers/husbands/boyfriends/Sunday yoga partners for the remainer of the year and then some. Fantasy football is the new Jonathan Franzen. It's all happening. But leave it to the New York Times to find a ... More >>
Click to Enlarge.Via Chris Mohney.Chris Mohney -- the "Vice President of Content" at BlackBook Media [and full disclosure: my former "boss"] has proposed a way to fight Koran-Burning pastors in the press. He writes: "There's only one way to combat International Burn a Koran Day, and that's by ... More >>
Damien Cave, the New York Times' Miami bureau chief, has just Tweeted out that at a press conference, the potential Koran-Burning Pastor Terry Jones of Florida has decided to cancel his Koran-burning. He supposedly got a promise from the Feisel Abdul Rauf, the imam behind Park 51 (AKA the "Gr ... More >>
Perhaps you'd be intrigued by an incomplete but still pretty comprehensive list of every book David Foster Wallace ever blurbed, mentioned in an interview, or taught in a classroom? Writers plugged include Paula Fox, Jonathan Franzen, David Markson, Evan Dara, and Cormac McCarthy, about whose Blood ... More >>