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On The Laughing Policeman

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a short review of a Swedish book of mysteries that is a "journey through real-world ugliness toward the self-sufficient beauties of good police work" (218)

Franzen, J. (2012). On The Laughing Policeman. In Franzen, J. Farther Away. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, pp. 213-218

215

[...] I was devoting a lot of energy to the morbid avoidance of colds, because whenever I got a cold I couldn't write or smoke, and whenever I couldn't write or smoke I couldn't feel smart, and feeling smart was pretty much my only defense against the word. [...]

—p.215 by Jonathan Franzen 2 years, 4 months ago

[...] I was devoting a lot of energy to the morbid avoidance of colds, because whenever I got a cold I couldn't write or smoke, and whenever I couldn't write or smoke I couldn't feel smart, and feeling smart was pretty much my only defense against the word. [...]

—p.215 by Jonathan Franzen 2 years, 4 months ago
215

[...] This was in 1979. I was exclusively reading great literature (Kafka, Goethe), and although I could forgive Ekström for not understanding what a serious person I'd become, I had zero interest in opening a book with such a lurid cover. [...]

just funny

—p.215 by Jonathan Franzen 2 years, 4 months ago

[...] This was in 1979. I was exclusively reading great literature (Kafka, Goethe), and although I could forgive Ekström for not understanding what a serious person I'd become, I had zero interest in opening a book with such a lurid cover. [...]

just funny

—p.215 by Jonathan Franzen 2 years, 4 months ago