Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Morning Reading: Jonathan Franzen on the Social Novel

The Millions, my new favorite blog, tipped me off to the first of a two-part interview with Jonathan Franzen, author of "The Corrections," on "the social novel, politics and the importance of writing to maintain the integrity of personal experience in an increasingly digital world."

The interview appears on 5th Estate.


“Identity is precisely not what consumer culture says it is. It’s not the playlist on your iPod. It’s not your personal preference in denim washes…All the things that would become impossible politically, emotionally, culturally, psychologically if people ever were to become simply the sum of their consumer choices: this is, indirectly, what the novel is trying to preserve and fight in favour of.”

To read the rest, click here.

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