14 February 2014

The most overrated author opines about overrated authors

If you are annoyed by Jonathan Franzen as much as I am the short video that Steerforth links to on his blog The Age of Uncertainty will drive you around the bend. What a pompous idiot.

Click here to be annoyed.


  1. Poor J. Franzen. I feel a little sorry for him. I am glad I am not famous when I think of all the stupid things I have said in my lifetime. I love Forster and Greene and I don't think they are overrated at all. Who is doing this rating?

    It is a little odd that he mentioned George Saunders as a novelist worth reading considering he mostly writes short stories. In fact, I don't think he has actually published a novel.

    I have both The Corrections and Freedom. They are very easy to find in 2ond hand book shops. But I haven't read either yet.

  2. I probably shouldn't comment because I can't bear to even watch the clip -- I absolutely loathed The Corrections and would like those hours of my life back. Everything I've ever read about Jonathan Franzen leads me to believe he's a pompous jerk. The way he acted about Oprah's show made me dislike him even more. And I love E. M. Forster's novels. I've only read one by Graham Greene so far, Travels With My Aunt, but I really enjoyed it.

  3. I thought the clip would provoke a reaction, but I had no idea how many people loathe Franzen. The words 'pompous' and 'jerk' have been employed several times.

    I enjoyed The Corrections but couldn't quite see what all the fuss was about. I haven't bothered reading any of Franzen's others.

    The clip is remarkable - in a mere 2 minutes and 45 seconds, Franzen manages to annoy so many people.

  4. The clip really made me appreciate J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon both even more than I already do.

  5. Ruthiella: You would think he would be used to his massive fame by know and think out what he is going say.

    Karen: I had to force myself to watch the whole video so I could feel free to call him an idiot.

    Steerforth: I must admit I have never actually read him. Descriptions of his books leave me cold. Those great american tomes you mention.

    James: Is it okay if I LOL.


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