The Pursuit Of...

Last year I went to the Decatur book festival to hear Jonathan Franzen do a reading from his latest novel, Freedom. The guy had recently been on the cover of time magazine with the headline “Great American Novelist”, and had just been re-inaugurated to Oprah’s book club (despite pooh-poohing…

Wind Up Bird

HBO recently aired a ten part miniseries – The Pacific. It was made by the same guys who did Band of Brothers (Tom hanks, Spielberg), in that same gritty handheld cinematography that made Saving Private Ryan so revolutionary. But this series lacked the crumbling architecture of blitzkrieged Paris, or even the…

The Novel in the Internet Age

From The Point (http://www.thepointmag.com/archive/hard-feelings/): Whats starts out as a critique of the works of Houellebecq turns into an exploration of what and where literature can go in the 21st century.  Found this passage very truthful, especially since I’ve been reading DFW’s Infinite Jest,…

Garden State

For the past month I’ve been working in New Jersey. My morning commute is an hour long and identical to the Soprano’s intro. Under the Hudson and straight through the Meadowlands and Newark, this vast stretch of brown industry, acres of cranes and stacked containers and overpasses. So…