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Jonathan Franzen

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Latest 6 Dec 2022 | Updated Daily

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Jonathan Franzen + Wussy


Bestselling author Jonathan Franzen reads an excerpt from his newest novel, Crossroads, and talks about a band that he loves, Wussy (@WussyMusic). Franzen also speaks about his relationship with music, and reveals why marijuana is not a good drug for him. Lisa and Chuck from Wussy talk about their long collaborations, and about the song they wrote in response to Crossroads, called "All My Life." They also discuss the death of band member John Erhardt, and how they are trying to reimagine their work without him.SongWriterPodcast.com/Jonathan-Franzen-WussyTwitter.com/SnogWriterInstagram.com/SongWriterPodcastFacebook.com/SongWriterPodcast


26 Jul 2022

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Ep 12: Jonathan Franzen

Bright Minds: from the John Adams Institute

The John Adams Institute, in co-operation with Prometheus Publishing House, proudly presented an evening with Jonathan Franzen, winner of the National Book Award 2001. Franzen discussed his novel The Corrections, which has been translated into Dutch under the title De Correcties. Michaël Zeeman, renowned literary critic for the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, introduced Franzen and moderated questions from the audience.The Corrections is a novel about the American Family. You could interpret it as a family soap opera of sorts, but Franzen has much more to say, giving a view on modern western society that is both humorous and poignant. The Lambert family takes you to everyday America and brings you into the world of ‘consumerism, pharmacology, biotechnology, the ‘optimistic egalitarianism’ of the American Middle West, the superstitious magic of the stock exchange, and the unbearable lightness of virtual being on the home pages of the Infobahn, not to mention asparagus steamers, refrigerator magnets, a vacuum pump to keep leftover wine from oxidizing, cell phones, and class hatred’ (New York Review of Books). It creates the illusion of giving a complete account of a world, and while we’re under its enchantment it temporarily eclipses whatever else we may have read’ (The New York Times).Support the show


18 May 2022

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#211: Elon Musk, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Jonathan Franzen

Bang On

We're back after a couple of weeks of adventures, some less pungent than others. And in the time since we last met, Elon Musk has bought Twitter for US$44 billion. We unpack what it might mean for the site, and who benefits from the free speech he touts.A short read on the (hopeful) death of the handshake has us thinking about what we learned and what we’ve left behind in the pandemic. And the passing of Cynthia Plaster Caster has us reflecting on one of the world’s most notorious groupies, and singular artists.We're banging on about heart-warming queer love stories on Netflix, and the epic new novel from Jonathan Franzen.Show notes:Elom Musk buys Twitter: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/apr/25/twitter-elon-musk-buy-takeover-deal-teslaGrimes’ and Elon’s secret baby: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/03/grimes-cover-story-on-music-and-marsThe handshake is dead: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/22/pandemic-fist-bump-barack-obama-covidCynthia Plaster Caster: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/apr/25/cynthia-plaster-caster-the-artist-whose-rock-star-penis-sculptures-asked-big-questions-about-manhoodHeartstopper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHALOizCpf0Crossroads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55881796-crossroadsEmail us: bangon.podcast@abc.net.auBang On is an ABC podcast, produced by Double J. It is recorded on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, work, and learn.


28 Apr 2022

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Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen (With Guest Host Erin Somers)


NovelClass is back! Host Dave Pezza is joined by Erin Somers, author of Stay Up With Hugo Best and co-host of the Mr. Difficult podcast, and Daniel Ford, author of Black Coffee and co-founder of the Writer's Bone Podcast Network. The trio discuss Jonathan Franzen's most recent novel, Crossroads. NovelClass is proudly sponsored by Libro.fm (NOVELCLASS), Daniel Paisner's Balloon Dog, and A Mighty Blaze podcast.


27 Apr 2022

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Jennifer Down and Jonathan Franzen relive the 1970s

The Book Show

Jennifer Down doesn't turn away from uncomfortable truths in her Stella Prize shortlisted novel, Bodies of Light, about the systemic failures of the residential and foster care systems in the 70s and 80s. Also, we revisit our interview with Jonathan Franzen who talks about faith and family, which are two themes in his latest book, Crossroads.


25 Apr 2022

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Two Guys One Book: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Two Guys One Book

In this episode, we discuss The Corrections, what makes Franzen’s characters so realistic and so distinctly modern, the value of reading characters that are unlikeable, writing books that are both entertaining and philosophically deep, and much more.Two Guys One Book is now in podcast form! It is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please consider subscribing directly to our feed so you get updates in your podcast catcher whenever a new podcast goes live!Follow us on Goodreads to see what we’re reading:https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/96149881-max-chapinhttps://www.goodreads.com/user/show/96136938-pedro-michelsYou can also watch the video here: This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit maxchapin.substack.com


5 Dec 2021

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In his new novel, Crossroads, Jonathan Franzen explores crises of faith and family in 1970s America

Writers and Company from CBC Radio

The bestselling novelist and essayist joined Eleanor Wachtel to talk about the inspiration for his blockbuster new book, which revolves around a pastor and his family of six in 1970s Illinois.


21 Nov 2021

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BFG Podcast #027: Jonathan Franzen, ‘Last Night in Soho,’ and ‘The French Dispatch’ Our editor and writers bust through the week in culture

Book and Film Globe Podcast

In this week’s thrilling edition of the Book and Film Globe Week In Review Podcast, editor-in-chief Neal Pollack puts his irrational anti-Jonathan Franzen bias aside to absorb Ted McClelland’s glowing review of Franzen’s new novel ‘Crossroads.’ As a middle-aged Midwestern Protestant man, Ted stands right in Franzen’s bullseye for this first book in a proposed trilogy called “The Key to All Mythologies.”Stephen Garrett makes his weekly appearance, this week talking about Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho,’ a stylish but empty thriller that deconstructs the mythos of Swinging London. Didn’t Austin Powers do that already? Neal manages to get a dig in at Lily James’s Southern accent in ‘Baby Driver,’ something he’s been waiting to do for a long time.Finally, Sara Stewart stops by to reminisce with Neal about the golden days of journalistic expense accounts as they talk about Wes Anderson’s cinematic homage to the classic New Yorker Magazine, ‘The French Dispatch.’ Neal and Sara also add many sentences to the growing Timotheé Chalamet discourse.Enjoy the podcast show!Audio Player


1 Nov 2021

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Jonathan Franzen Talks with David Remnick About “Crossroads”

The Political Scene | The New Yorker

Jonathan Franzen’s sixth novel, “Crossroads,” is set in 1971, and the title is firmly on the nose: the Hildebrand family is at a crossroads itself, just as the America of that moment seemed poised to come apart. In the course of his career, Franzen has evolved away from an early postmodernist sensibility that highlighted “bravura” writing, and “with this book I threw away all the po-mo hijinks and the grand plot elements,” he tells David Remnick. “It’s really only in the course of writing ‘Crossroads’ that I have said to myself, What I am is a novelist of character and psychology. . . . It’s not about formal experimentation and it’s certainly not about changing the world through my social commentary.” Franzen also discusses the complex ethics behind writing a character of another race, and takes issue with the belief of some in the academy (and much of the political right) that leftist sensibilities are stifling free expression; he declined to sign the “Harper’s Letter” last year. Despite political polarization, Franzen says, “It’s a much better time to be an American writer than I would have guessed twenty-five years ago.”


4 Oct 2021

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Faith and family with Jonathan Franzen on Crossroads


“I admit to regular fits of feeling simply I am not a good person,” says Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections, “and it’s a question that fiction is uniquely poised to engage with”. And it’s a question that is at the heart of his new novel Crossroads.Also, Maggie Shipstead on her Booker Prize shortlisted novel Great Circle, and Robert Gott’s historical crime novel, The Orchard Murders, based on the Messiah of Nunawading.


3 Oct 2021