freedom has been a huge success, recently. the corrections comes with rave reviews. but in choosing to read jonathan franzen-what does my commitment-phobic ass go with? this one. a collection of essays that would make the best self-help book ever. as a dood on the subway told me the other day, “you fail”. yup.
“One of the reasons I’m a writer is that I have uneasy relations with authority.” (261) Meet Me in St.Louis
“Naturally, the more TV I watched, the worse I felt. If you’re a novelist and even you don’t feel like reading, how can you expect anyone else to read your books? I believed I ought to be writing a third novel.” (64) Why Bother?
“I mourn the eclipse of the cultural authority that literature once possessed, and I rue the onset of an age so anxious that the pleasure of a text becomes difficult to sustain. I don’t suppose that many other people will give away their TVs. I’m not sure I’ll last long myself without buying a new one. But the first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone.” (178) The Reader in Exile