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Jonathan Franzen Backlash Thread

Don Carlos

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Anyone else getting just a tiny bit tired of the mainstream media's sudden knob-slobbing of him? He is marginally talented at best. A poor man's John Updike, and even he was a colossal bore.
 

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We are in agreement, Doc. I just recently saw some blurb on how talented and important he is and it made me cringe.

On Updike: I love to read his sentences but not his books.
 

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What are they k-s-ing over him about? I've missed it, not being a very active consumer of MSM.

What little I know of him suggests he's annoying self-important. But I would disagree with "marginally talented at best". The Corrections was a really good, enjoyable book, and his earlier book about St. Louis was ok. He probably isn't as talented as he thinks he is, but that's an entirely different question.
 

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who dat
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
who dat

An annoying, nerdy, schmucky novelist that Time magazine recently declared "The Great American Novelist," and whose upcoming book has been called "The Great American Novel" by about 20 different papers and magazines.

It's an angst-ridden yawnfest about the secret struggles of a middle class American family. Because, ya know, that subject has never been explored in print or on film.
 

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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard
An annoying, nerdy, schmucky novelist that Time magazine recently declared "The Great American Novelist," and whose upcoming book has been called "The Great American Novel" by about 20 different papers and magazines.

It's an angst-ridden yawnfest about the secret struggles of a middle class American family. Because, ya know, that subject has never been explored in print or on film.


Sounds like a literary Paul Thomas Anderson
 

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Originally Posted by mharwitt
I'd love to hear you qualify this.
Feel free to search the cinema thread for the discussions of PTA around the time of TWBB.
 

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Originally Posted by mharwitt
you think Aronofsky is "ground-breaking."


I'm not following this conversation - what point are you making ? Are you simply trying to say that you love PTA's work and that my comment above was unwarranted - and in order to get that simple statement out, you prefer to refer to unrelated things I wrote about another director?

I don't know if I wrote that Aronofsky is ground-breaking (I may have) but he is a very talented director with a lot of original ideas. He's no Orson Welles or Stanley Kubrick but he's strong and I don't continually roll my eyes when I watch his stuff (unlike most of PTA's). YMMW of course.
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Are you simply trying to say that you love PTA's work and that my comment above was unwarranted - and in order to get that simple statement out, you prefer to refer to unrelated things I wrote about another director?

yes.
 

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