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Posted June 5, 2012
I enjoy Franzen's essays and agree with his general distaste for the technological advancements of modernity. He's not the most sophisticate intellectual of our time, and his views about literature border on juvenile. I love the essay form, and I think he's got a good sense of the prose line, but I've only read two pieces here. His general rules for writers--like most other general lists--are more egocentric than useful. I don't care who authors such lists. In fact, reading that piece makes one feel as if Franzen has run out of interesting and important things to say and instead must include some silly dos and don'ts for writes. Let's say 3/5 stars for 20% of the book thus far read.
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