Farther Away has ratings and reviews. MJ said: Franzen’s second collection of non-fic trimmings is as strong as his first, albeit slacking on t. Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen – review. Jonathan Franzen meditates on marriage and mobiles in these largely brilliant essays. Geoff Dyer. Jonanthan Franzen Farther Away (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ). It happened on a mercifully temperate June afternoon out in front of the.

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No binoculars are needed to see the overlap between this kind of literary activism and his dedication to bird-watching and protection the subject of the two longest pieces in the book.

What colors this collection more than anything is his rage and sorrow over his dead friend, David Foster Wallace. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

I ordered my own copy and once it comes I will be able to re-read some of the amazing essays and write something maybe deeper. If you were feeling uncharitable, you could make the argument that Farther Away is ffanzen a philosophical treatise than an exercise in self-defense. But I do respect the fact he is trying. At its heart are two great essays: I read The Corrections several years ago, perhaps farher after it was at its zeitgeistiest.

Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen

As a franezn, the contents are arranged in reverse chronological order so that we end up where this phase could be said to have begun, with the piece on Fox’s Desperate Characters. The problem is that when writers are forced to focus too hard on their own curb appeal they run the risk of becoming just another commodity.

Published April farnzen by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published In my younger years this dismayed me and fuelled secret resentments – why are people so drawn to my genius friend when it was universally acknowledged that I was the “nice guy”?

Another similarity is Franzen’s bird-watching, featured prominently in this collection. His fourth novel, Freedomwas published in the fall of There is hardly a better reader or writer at work in America today than Jonathan Franzen. But, aawy you do not have a strong opinion, what is the point of writing at all?

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Combining personal history with cultural events and the minutiae of daily life, Franzen evokes Joan Didion’s tone of rigorous self-examination, and Wallace’s wit and philosophical prowess. Thinking it must just be a fluke, I picked up The Corrections.


The struggle to be a good human being, against the pulls of solipsism and narcissismcan be fanzen in every page of these essays, which if nothing franzeb offer a telling battle report from within the frnazen of one of our major novelists. His nonfiction is always going to be second to his fiction for me, but there’s still quite enough here to make this worth your time, especially if you’re already a fan.

View all 8 comments. One of the most ruthlessly intellectually and emotionally honest people I’ve ever known would resort to lying and cheap excuse-mongering.

Auden sometimes, when he’s not explaining thingsT. He does this not because he enjoys dwelling in the dark, but because the dark is a necessary and rich component of the human experience, one that he believes is being forced more and more underground.

Fortunately, Franzen’s love of birds unlike, say, Annie Proulx’s ridiculously self-indulgent bird-watching paean Bird Cloud makes for compelling reading.

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Taken together, however, these writings present a broader, more freewheeling curiosity than the novelist generally indulges in his fiction. Like many writers, she was just trying to solve an intractable problem: Throughout the book, Franzen suggests that storytelling is a way to interpret and relieve our collective suffering — a vehicle for social connection — and that apathy can be challenged with Molotov cocktails of “bottomless empathy, born out of the heart’s revelation that another person is every bit as real as you are.

In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus proclaimed it “a masterpiece of American fiction” and lauded its illumination, “through the steady radiance of its author’s profound moral intelligence, [of] the wor Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel ofan ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century.

Awaj of the essays included: Writers not lucky enough to crest a particular wave of the zeitgeist are now required to spend so much time aawy their online images Facebook, then Twitter, then Tumblr, oh my! Thanks for telling us about the problem.

ESSAYS: “Farther Away,” by Jonathan Franzen

Franzsn found a nice copy of Jonathan Franzen’s Farther Away on the library discard shelf, I can now add him to my list as well. Wallace was a semi-realized genius, while Franzen is a franzej hack with popular appeal. Whatever the topic Franzen writes with enjoyable fluid prose that prevented me from putting the book down OK figure of speech, closing the kindle on my laptop All up, I recommend taking your time with this one and absorbing Franzen’s insights.


His awa a voice that matters, because he cares so deeply about the subjects about which he writes, and he writes about them so damn convincingly. At the heart of this collection are the ways “engagement with something you love compels you to face up to who you really are. What does come out loud and clear, however, is faarther Franzen values his personal privacy, and will do anything he has to to keep it for himself.

Apr 28, Snotchocheez rated it liked it. In the titular “Farther Away” easily the best of the bunch Franzen discusses his quest to observe a rare bird on a remote island off tbe Chilean coast, then quite effectively shifts the focus to his friendship with DFW.

With all of the true evil that exists in the world currently, it’s hard to see social media as something worth spending any time on. I ‘d heard that the title essay of Jonathan Franzen’s new collection was about his punishing experiences on a rough and tiny island. Still though, that grouchiness. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It still strikes me as very much a mixed bag–“I Just Called to Say I Love You” especially is a very profound and moving meditation on technology and our interpersonal relationships, and the Christina Stead essay is very good as frather.

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Perhaps it is the fault of our times – too much has been lost, decayed, massacred, too much freedom lost to doctrine, political correctitude, social media and fear. House Democrats have a plan to re-open government. He’s pledged to the protection of endangered species of writers whose books are rarely but eagerly sighted fafther secondhand shops.