Famous writers, writing… Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen “The work of yakkers and tweeters and braggers, and of people with the money to pay somebody to churn out hundreds of five-star reviews for them, will flourish in that world. But what happens to the people who became writers because yakking and tweeting and bragging felt to them like intolerably shallow forms of social engagement? What happens to the people who want to communicate in depth, individual to individual, in the quiet and permanence of the printed word, and who were shaped by their love of writers who wrote when publication still assured some kind of quality control and literary reputations were more than a matter of self-promotional decibel levels?”

Jonathan Franzen

[photo: Chuck Klosterman ]

Jonathan Franzen famously writes in a quiet room without telephone, wearing headphones to blank outside noise and distractions. Renowned for being anti-Twitter he criticized Amazon, in an interview with The Guardian, for spearheading the culture of immediacy at the expense of traditional authors. Read the full article here.

Read my review of Purity and the opening paragraph of Freedom.

Jonathan Franzen


‘Purity’ by Jonathan Franzen [UK: 4th Estate] Buy now

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