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How to Be Alone
by Jonathan Franzen
March 13, 2017 - March 13, 2017

Done


9780312422165

Picador, 2003. 306 pages. Unverified

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p.188
Derridean »
pertaining to Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), Fren...
p.277
skeins »
a length of thread or yarn, loosely coiled and ...
p.269
schmaltz »
excessive sentimentality, especially in music o...
p.251
promulgated »
promote or make widely known
p.244
fetters »
a chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner,...
p.210
fiction is refuge, not agency
[...] Not long ago, one of my former undergradu...
p.200
It's healthy to adjust to reality
It's healthy to adjust to reality. It's healthy...
p.95
writing as personal freedom
Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees...
p.82
strong works of fiction
[...] "[...] And strong works of fiction are wha...
p.72
depressive realism
Even harder to admit is how depressed I was. As...

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A Word About This Book

The Harper's essay was initially published in April 1996 as "Perchance to Dream" and was edited, cut, and retitled for this collection

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A Word About This Book

The Harper's essay was initially published in April 1996 as "Perchance to Dream" and was edited, cut, and retitled for this collection

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7

My Father's Brain

about his dad, who had Alzheimer's, prostate cancer, and a not-so-great relationship with his mother

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My Father's Brain

about his dad, who had Alzheimer's, prostate cancer, and a not-so-great relationship with his mother

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39

Imperial Bedroom

about privacy (the whole data brokerage industry, the political angle, home life etc)

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Imperial Bedroom

about privacy (the whole data brokerage industry, the political angle, home life etc)

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55

Why Bother?

by far the best essay in the book; about the process of writing for Franzen and his despair about the American novel (which began in Yaddo in 1991)

he started his first book (The Twenty-Seventh City) at 22, finished it at 28; afterward, he felt like he had failed in his goal of engaging with the culture (see note 156)

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Why Bother?

by far the best essay in the book; about the process of writing for Franzen and his despair about the American novel (which began in Yaddo in 1991)

he started his first book (The Twenty-Seventh City) at 22, finished it at 28; afterward, he felt like he had failed in his goal of engaging with the culture (see note 156)

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Lost in the Mail

The trials and tribulations of the Chicago post office in 1994

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Lost in the Mail

The trials and tribulations of the Chicago post office in 1994

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139

Erika Imports

"Erika Imports" being the name of a small business that Franzen worked for in high school, which was owned by a German couple. I think the main takeaway is that the work seemed very "personal" in the sense that he got to know his bosses too well. pretty forgettable

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139

Erika Imports

"Erika Imports" being the name of a small business that Franzen worked for in high school, which was owned by a German couple. I think the main takeaway is that the work seemed very "personal" in the sense that he got to know his bosses too well. pretty forgettable

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143

Sifting the Ashes

An investigative journalism piece on Big Tobacco (Franzen doesn't smoke)

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143

Sifting the Ashes

An investigative journalism piece on Big Tobacco (Franzen doesn't smoke)

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164

The Reader in Exile

presumably about the challenge of reading in an electronic age. he talks briefly about TV, Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital (which he seems to feel negatively about), and Sven Birkerts' The Gutenberg Elegies

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164

The Reader in Exile

presumably about the challenge of reading in an electronic age. he talks briefly about TV, Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital (which he seems to feel negatively about), and Sven Birkerts' The Gutenberg Elegies

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179

First City

about New York City: and its existence as a sort of Platonic tourist ideal; what it's like to live in the city; Jane Jacobs' Death and Life. don't really have a grand takeaway for this one

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179

First City

about New York City: and its existence as a sort of Platonic tourist ideal; what it's like to live in the city; Jane Jacobs' Death and Life. don't really have a grand takeaway for this one

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195

Scavenging

another essay about the death of reading and thus writing. also about how he first started writing on a typewriter, in college. ends with the image of a broken chair in note 336

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Scavenging

another essay about the death of reading and thus writing. also about how he first started writing on a typewriter, in college. ends with the image of a broken chair in note 336

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Control Units

another investigative journalism piece, this time into supermax prisons (specifically, the Federal Correctional Complex in Colorado)

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211

Control Units

another investigative journalism piece, this time into supermax prisons (specifically, the Federal Correctional Complex in Colorado)

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242

Books in Bed

an eminently forgettable essay on books about sex

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242

Books in Bed

an eminently forgettable essay on books about sex

3 / 0
258

Meet Me in St. Louis

about being interviewed in St. Louis after the publication of his third book (The Corrections), and how "fundamentally bogus" it feels

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258

Meet Me in St. Louis

about being interviewed in St. Louis after the publication of his third book (The Corrections), and how "fundamentally bogus" it feels

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275

Inauguration Day, January 2001

a short one about the atmosphere at GWB's inauguration

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Inauguration Day, January 2001

a short one about the atmosphere at GWB's inauguration

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