• Charles Arrowsmith

Review: The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen (Washington Post)

Updated: Dec 3, 2020


"Taxonomies change, as keen birder Jonathan Franzen knows, in culture and in nature. As a species, the 'Great American Novelist' — as Time once called him — seems more mythical than ever. The canon is undergoing a correction to admit diverse, once-suppressed voices; critics and readers are rejecting notions of a single spokesperson or dominant culture. Franzen — white, middle-class, male, cisgender, heterosexual, author of classical naturalist fiction — doesn’t carry the authority he once did."


For my full review of The End of the End of the Earth: Essays (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2018), by Jonathan Franzen, visit The Washington Post.

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