Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is a novelist and essayist whose books include Strong Motion, The Corrections, Freedom, and How To Be Alone. He writes frequently for The New Yorker. Bird watcher.

 

"'So, what, you got cigarette burns, too?' Gitanes said. Chip showed his palm, 'It's nothing.' 'Self-inflicted. You pathetic American.' 'Different kind of prison,' Chip said."

- Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections


ARTICLES FEATURING JONATHAN

The Pure, Messy Math of Us

In upping the ante on the darker sides of characters, Franzen has paradoxically lifted up a more reflective and penetrating mirror to his readers....


Like Settled Dust

THERE'S SO MUCH RAW pain in these gorgeous essays that one understands why many writers rarely leave the house, much less ...


You’re Not Alone

Franzen can’t help but give voice to his despair, but neither does he give it the last word, choosing to place his faith in the ruggedness of comedy....


Mr. Sublimation


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