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Jonathan Franzen Gets The Cover!

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Jonathan Franzen is the first living American novelist to get the cover of Time Magazine in 10 years!

Stephen King was the last one to be on the cover back in 2000.

The article features a profile of Franzen to promote his upcoming fourth novel Freedom.


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14 comments to “Jonathan Franzen Gets The Cover!”

  1. 1

    Too bad your readers are too busy living vicariously through celebrities on site to even have a clue who Jonathan Franzen is. It's people like you Parez, who make this country fail.

  2. 2


    Yeah, but, Mario…


    …why are you excited? You can't read.


    I mean, if your posts (even those by your sub-intellect "staff") are any example you're barely a functioning illiterate.


    Reading takes some degree of intelligence and education. NOT…shallowness, fame-whorishness, narcissism, vapidness and stupidity, all of which you possess in spades.


  3. 3

    Dear Editor of Time Magazine,
    If you put Obama and/or Michelle on the cover, at least a dozen times, and inform the readers of their top 50 priorities to transform America, you will be a great success.
    Former Editor of Newsweek

  4. 4

    Really, Time, Franzen! Over-hyped hack! How about a DFW tribute?

  5. 5

    You're mentioning a Pulitzer Prize finalist to these dumbass posters ???
    Most of them have never even read Dubya's favorite work, "My Pet Goat," much less the post modernist works of Franzen.

    Hell, most of these tards have the intellects of gnats and would only get excited if "Heidi Montag" were on "Time's" cover.

  6. 6

    Not a bad writer, but not a great one either. The Corrections kinda sucked. It's true. I mean, thank god it wasn't the Eat Pray Love lady, but still.

  7. 7

    I see a sep at birth here… you and Franzen!!!

  8. 8

    Re: Bibbilicious – In all fairness, I haven't read the article, but I tentatively agree with you. DFW was humble and modest about his literary accomplishments, which challenged readers to critically reconsider their own ways of thinking about things and approaching the world. Franzen is brazen about making himself the poster boy for "literary fiction" although all the Franzen I've read (Strong Motion, the Corrections, parts of How to Be Alone) does little more than masturbate the self-satisfied egos of the urbane readership he tries so hard to solicit. The novels read like rewritten sitcoms - well-rewritten sitcoms, but still. That said, seeing as many authors of thoughtful, intelligent, DFW-type stuff (like my college profs) are being rejected by publishers right and left in this market, I'm sort of happy that examinate urbane readers have a brazen poster boy, and that said poster boy is on the cover of Time, even if it has to be Jonathan Franzen.

  9. 9

    Re: DJ Wonderman – PART 1: On 2nd thought –> No author talks about the distinction b/t popular and literary fiction more than Franzen, who is perhaps the latter's most vociferous advocate. The distinction is vague and can only be defined ad hoc by the snobs who care. As such a snob, I define literary fiction as that which challenges readers to reconsider their biases, and popular fiction as stuff that people read to placate themselves. Just about all media is designed to placate its audience. That's why people tune in to Hannity/Maddow/etc more than unbiased reporters: people want to hear they're correct and that those who disagree are stupid. The irony about Franzen is that his fiction - at least @me - mostly exists to placate its readers. Eg. the whole thrust of The Corrections was to excuse the boomers/GenXers' gross failures as human beings as overcompensation for their parents' gross failures as human beings, thus placating the boomer/GenX audience to whom the book was marketed.

  10. 10

    PART 2: Just about everyone gets this, except Franzen himself, who's resolutely on the side of "literary fiction." His preeminence as the subgenre's poster boy could mean 1 of 2 things: (1) Franzen becomes the template for 21st century literary accomplishment, which could be the death of "true" literary fiction as we know it, or (2) people will pay more attention to the things that Franzen says about fiction than to the shit he writes, challenge themselves to read good contemporary fiction, and the market for "serious," "literary" (etc) writers will start to look better. Then again, maybe LiLo's post-rehab tell-all will sell 100x better than Freedom and these writers along with Franzen will all have to start looking for new jobs. We'll see.

  11. 11

    Honestly, I am amazed that this is even on this site. Whether you are a fan or not, I'm going to have to give kudos for the recognition, considering the noteworthy event.

  12. 12

    P.S. DJ Wonderman - on grouping the boomers with Gen X - Really???? Really????

    No. I am not even going to explain myself, given the history involved with the Boomers, but to really group the mass that has ruined this country with Generation X?

    Jesus Christ, I cannot believe we are getting stuck with having you kids take care of us when we get old. I hope you grow wise enough to recognize the stupidity in that correlation and grouping.

  13. 13

    Re: minime1213 – Generation X encompasses people born between 1961-5 and the very early 1980s (google it if you don't believe me). The Corrections was written in 2001, placing Denise - who is 34 in the book - within the generation. Gary (early 40s in the book) is a boomer through and through. So the book actually IS about people from both generations. Sorry. I didn't write it. Before hurling around your self-righteous vitriol, you might want to try doing some basic math. Chip (39 in the book) is technically a boomer, but struck me as having a purview (familiarity with postmodernism, contempt for and dependence on consumer culture, etc) that should resonate in parts with Generation X. Make whatever you want of it. I see no point in trying to have a decent discussion with someone like you.

  14. 14

    He must be gay or has written about gays otherwise Perez would not post this.