Gerry Canavan

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Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Franzen

Good Writing from Other People

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I have a few projects I’m desperately behind on at the moment, so here in lieu of actual content is good writing from people who aren’t me:

* My friend Lisa on the intellectual proletariat.

* Aaron Bady on Franzen’s Freedom and the project of unfinished realism. (Having actually read Freedom [it’s all right, even pretty good] instead of done the things I was supposed to do I may post about it someday soon myself.)

* Socialism and/or Barbarism on Swamp Thing, scarcity, and “green politics.”

* Easily Distracted on what it might mean to really take responsibility.

* And Crooked Timber, against Malcolm Gladwell, on blogs, bullets, and bullshit.

Our Long National Nightmare Is Finally Over

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September 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Is ‘Freedom’ the Novel of the Century?

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The Week investigates. The hype machine persuaded me to buy the digital edition on my Kindle, so mission accomplished there. I’ll let you know what I think if I ever get around to reading it.

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September 8, 2010 at 9:42 am