I doubt that I’ll read the new Jonathan Franzen book. I thought that “The Corrections” was fine, but it was mostly like a longer, less funny “White Noise” in the same way that Frank Rich columns are mostly like longer, less funny Wonkette posts. But I’m pretty excited about the book anyway, because I think that it has the potential to generate a lot of ridiculous critical reaction. Bobo is up to the challenge, not just because he capitalizes almost every noun in this column but because of stuff like this:
ferociously seeking some universal truth that can withstand the tough scrutiny of their own intelligence…[….]
Sometime long ago, a writer by the side of Walden Pond…[….]
God damn that warmonger can bring the overwrought wanking. There’s a chance we’ll see one of those week-long “Book Club” things that will blow this out of the water, but the bar has been set pretty high.