franzen

When you stay in your room and rage or sneer or shrug your shoulders, as I did for many years, the world and its problems are impossibly daunting. But when you go out and put yourself in real relation to real people, or even just real animals, there’s a very real danger that you might end up loving some of them. And who knows what might happen to you then?
—  Jonathan Franzen
When you stay in your room and rage or sneer or shrug your shoulders, as I did for many years, the world and its problems are impossibly daunting. But when you go out and put yourself in real relation to real people, or even just real animals, there’s a very real danger that you might end up loving some of them. And who knows what might happen to you then?
—  Jonathan Franzen, “Pain Won’t Kill You,” from Farther Away: Essays
Franzen on ebooks and the future of reading

“The Great Gatsby was last updated in 1924. You don’t need it to be refreshed, do you?

"Maybe nobody will care about printed books 50 years from now, but I do. When I read a book, I’m handling a specific object in a specific time and place. The fact that when I take the book off the shelf it still says the same thing - that’s reassuring.

“Someone worked really hard to make the language just right, just the way they wanted it. They were so sure of it that they printed it in ink, on paper. A screen always feels like we could delete that, change that, move it around. So for a literature-crazed person like me, it’s just not permanent enough.”

-Jonathan Franzen in his first-ever press conference.

Quanto odiava e amava la cadenza della sua voce, l'elasticità del suo passo, la serenità del suo amor proprio! Lei riusciva a essere se stessa, e lui no. E capì di essere rovinato, perché lei non gli piaceva ma gli sarebbe mancata disastrosamente.
—  Jonathan Franzen, Le correzioni