Jonathan Franzen

Dozens of artists call for Ukrainian dissident's release

Margaret Atwood, Stephen Sondheim and Patrick Stewart are among dozens of artists and journalists calling for the release of Ukrainian filmmaker and …

Russia

Franzen will have book of essays published this fall

Look for Jonathan Franzen's third collection of essays this fall.<p>Called "The End of the End of the Earth," it is scheduled to be published in …

Books

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld – perfect miniature portraits

'A Regular Couple' encapsulates in 32 pages what it might take Jonathan Franzen or Jeffrey Eugenides 600 to describe<p>Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of five acclaimed novels, perhaps most famously <i>American Wife</i>, based on Laura Bush, and fans may pick up her first short story collection for its …

Books

Chuck Klosterman

This event is in the past.<p>Chuck Klosterman<p>Recommended<p>University Book Store University District <br>Sat May 5, 5:30 pm<p>Free<p>Klosterman's new book is …

Seattle

Why You Need An MFA To Be A Better Writer

One question has plagued me from the time I started writing, and when I walked into the classroom on my first day of the workshop at Yale, I asked …

Creative Writing

Library of Congress Celebrates the Late Denis Johnson

The Library of Congress celebrated the life and work of the late Denis Johnson—2017 winner of its highest literary honor, the Prize for American …

Books

2018 International Dylan Thomas Shortlist

The 10th annual International Dylan Thomas Prize has announced their 2018 shortlist. Open to all nations, the prize is awarded to authors under the …

Books

15 Books That Have Been Called 'The Next Great American Novel' — And What To Read Instead

It’s the dream of every American writer: the siren song of writing “the next great American novel”. A novel that, as Lena Dunham (and, admittedly, …

Literature

One Book, Two Covers

“What do these two books have in common?…Open each cover and you will only find similarities: They are the same book.” For <i>The Globe and Mail</i>, our own</b> …

Books

10 emerging writers receive $50,000 Whiting Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Ten emerging writers, a mix of poets, dramatists and fiction and nonfiction authors, were the winners of this year's $50,000 Whiting …

Creative Writing

This Author Just Compared Birdwatching to Sex

You know when a friend gets a little too into a hobby and you have to listen to them talk about it constantly, but you try to be supportive anyway? …

Birdwatching

How Jonathan Franzen fell in love with birds

Exactly 100 years ago Saturday, the U.S. government passed a groundbreaking law to protect migratory birds that fly across the Atlantic. To mark the …

Birds

“What Used to Be the Fringe Is Now the Center of Everything”

Chuck Klosterman on how the approach to cultural criticism has completely flipped.<p>On this week’s episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I spoke to …

Hall of Fame

Book and Wine Pairings: Franzen and Franzia

I have never read a Jonathan Franzen novel and I never will. I <i>have</i> imbibed box wine, but it’s been 20 years and I only ever drank Chillable Red, …

Wine

Frank Rich: Trump Has Moved a Step Closer to Implosion

<i>Most weeks,</i> New York <i>Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today:</i> …

Award Shows

This Is Why Birds Are Key to Conservation

Why National Geographic is launching the Year of the Bird<p>This story appears in the January 2018 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>‘If you take</b> …

Birds

Let Cats Eat the Birds

Writing man Jonathan Franzen gave an interview to <i>The New Republic</i> today about how much he loves birds, which is weird but cool, I guess. However, …

Birds

Why Birds Matter In 2018

Novelist and birding enthusiast Jonathan Franzen joins us to talk about the beauty, wonder and threats facing the world’s birds.

Audubon Society

August Wilson's Play Two Trains Running Is All About Money

Money drives us crazy. That is the message of <i>Two Trains Running</i>, the seventh play in August Wilson's series The Pittsburgh Cycle. The characters …

Seattle

Jonathan Franzen Essay Explains Why Birds Matter

Literary superstar Jonathan Franzen has discovered the pleasures of birdwatching, and in a new essay for <i>National Geographic</i>, the author explains just what make our avian neighbors so fascinating, and why they’re worthy of even greater attention. “The sad fact is that wild birds, in themselves, will …

Jonathan Franzen

Desperate to be cool, and failing – The Future Won't Be Long by Jarett Kobek, review

For his author shot, Jarett Kobek dons sunglasses; on the cover, a boy and girl (Baby and Adeline, who co-narrate) do too; and it occurs to me this novel as a whole – its plotting (what there is of it), characterisation and prose – also wears shades. For this is a book desperate to be cool, to have …

Books

Paris Review editor, facing harassment allegations, resigns

NEW YORK (AP) — The editor of the Paris Review has resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.Magazine board president Terry McDonell told The …

Jonathan Franzen

What a new study reveals about low-income schools.

In a new study, Sean Reardon, a professor of poverty and inequality in education at Stanford University, looked at countrywide math and reading test …

Education

5 Reasons Why We Are Attracted To Someone We Shouldn't Be With

<b>“Nice people don’t necessarily fall in love with nice people.”</b><p><b>― Jonathan Franzen, Freedom.</b><p>Attraction is the primary reason a relationship is formed. …

Relationships

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

Books

An Author Photo Is Worth a Thousand Words

Your book jacket photo will follow you for years. What do you wear? How do you look?<p>On August 4th, 2017, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead tweeted, “Saw lady reading my book & was gonna say hi but I'm wearing the same shirt as in author photo & didn't want her to think I only had 1 …

Books

Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again? You Can in These 5 Books

A friend recently said to me “I dunno, Chabon doesn’t do it for me.” I replied, “You’re a monster.” Okay, that might be a bit aggressive, but I’m a …

Books

An Early Preview Of 11 Of Your Future TV Obsessions

The next ‘Big Little Lies’ is definitely on here<p>We know: There's too much TV out there. You can barely get through your Netflix queue as is. Well, we've got some bad news for you, because Peak TV shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, it's ramping up. Over the next couple of years, some of the …

TV

I Have a Question Paul Driessen

In which Chris Robinson asks animators profound and inane questions that have little to do with animation. Today's guest is the legendary animator, …

Animation

25 Essential Books That Every College Student Should Read

There is no college student who would like reading books, they say. Can you believe it? We hardly think so!<p>Yes, reading is fashionable. Again. And …

Literature