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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tuesday Read: Jonathan Franzen and Oprah

Posted by Alison Hallett on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

When I think about Jonathan Franzen's novel The Corrections, I don't think about 9/11. But a piece in the Slate Book Review—excerpted from Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux by Boris Kachka—argues that "Sept. 11 seems to have helped The Corrections," because it caused Oprah to delay her announcement that she'd picked it for her book club, allowing FSG time to publish additional copies.

"I think one of the main reasons that the entire world turned on me during the Oprah thing was that one person had benefited from 9/11, and that was me," says Franzen. (Well... also, he was kind of a dick about the whole thing.)

Anyway, it's a good read, with some choice quotes from a still-grumpy Franzen, who is apparently congenitally incapable of not sounding like a giant snob.

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