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)