Lots of sturm und drang surrounding Jonathan Franzen’s new book. This quote hurts, but it does make a good point: don’t bore your readers.

“The language a writer uses to create a world is that world, and [Jonathan] Franzen’s strenuously contemporary and therefore juvenile language is a world in which nothing important can happen… A writer like Franzen, who describes two lovers as “fucking,” trivializes their relationship accordingly. The result is boredom.”

~ B.R. Myers, “Smaller Than Life” (Atlantic)

From moreintelligentlife.com


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