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Chicago Tribune
Franzen's flippant adoption comment masks deep issues of parenthoodThe Guardian slapped a headline on its website recently that read, “Jonathan Fr
Franzen's flippant adoption comment masks deep issues of parenthood
Chicago Tribune / Posted yesterday
The Guardian slapped a headline on its website recently that read, “Jonathan Franzen considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people.” Even though Franzen, the prize-winning and often polarizing author of novels including “The... Read more
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Boston Herald
Promise of ‘Purity’Jonathan Franzen (“The Corrections”) is often regarded less as writer than as c
Promise of ‘Purity’
Boston Herald / Posted 2 days ago
Jonathan Franzen (“The Corrections”) is often regarded less as writer than as cultural signifier, emblem of white male hegemony. That this has little if anything to do with the substance of his novels is (perhaps) the point and the tragedy; when it... Read more
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The New Zealand Herald
Purity, Jonathan FranzenWriter Jonathan Franzen. Photo / Supplied This novel contains multitudes: love
Purity, Jonathan Franzen
The New Zealand Herald / Posted 2 days ago
Writer Jonathan Franzen. Photo / Supplied This novel contains multitudes: love, murder, marital terrorism, embarrassing sex, nasty sex, solo sex, the Stasi, internet leaks, missing nuclear weapons, missing fathers, overbearing mothers and a variety... Read more
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Salon.com
“Key & Peele” brilliantly reimagines the genesis of “Gremlins 2″Ever wonder how the 1990 follow-up to “The Gremlins” came to be? Key & Peele ha
“Key & Peele” brilliantly reimagines the genesis of “Gremlins 2″
Salon.com / Posted 2 days ago
Ever wonder how the 1990 follow-up to “The Gremlins” came to be? Key & Peele have, and on last night’s episode the comedy duo set out to recreate the very writer’s room conversation that might have given life to the dizzying, acidly funny... Read more
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Salon.com
Twitter has found the perfect way to mock everything infuriating about Jonathan FranzenWith the release of Jonathan Franzen’s fifth novel “Purity,” and also a slew of
Twitter has found the perfect way to mock everything infuriating about Jonathan Franzen
Salon.com / Posted 3 days ago
With the release of Jonathan Franzen’s fifth novel “Purity,” and also a slew of unflattering and The image: Jonathan Franzen attending the panel “An Exchange – Is Techonology Good for Culture?” — a 2013 event in conjunction with The New Yorker... Read more
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The New Statesman
The NS Podcast #111: The fictions of the American SouthShould there be less sex and more childcare in modern fiction? Speaking at the
The NS Podcast #111: The fictions of the American South
The New Statesman / Posted 3 days ago
Should there be less sex and more childcare in modern fiction? Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last weekend, the writer Janice Galloway argued that “literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life... Read more
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The New Statesman
Parenting remains primarily women’s work. Is that why it’s passed over in literature?Should there be less sex and more childcare in modern fiction? Speaking at the
Parenting remains primarily women’s work. Is that why it’s passed over in literature?
The New Statesman / Posted 3 days ago
Should there be less sex and more childcare in modern fiction? Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last weekend, the writer Janice Galloway argued that “literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life... Read more
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Guardian Unlimited
The McWhopper is dead, long live these other (fictional) corporate mashupsThe possibility that fast-food chains Burger King and McDonald’s might have for
The McWhopper is dead, long live these other (fictional) corporate mashups
Guardian Unlimited / Posted 4 days ago
The possibility that fast-food chains Burger King and McDonald’s might have formed a one-day truce to sell a hybrid product called the “McWhopper” has created an unprecedented opportunity for corporate synergy. Although McDonald’s ultimately rejected... Read more
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Slate
Jonathan Franzen Is Having More Fun Than His CriticsJonathan Franzen’s fifth novel, Purity, appears, like his previous one, Freedom
Jonathan Franzen Is Having More Fun Than His Critics
Slate / Posted 4 days ago
Jonathan Franzen’s fifth novel, Purity, appears, like his previous one, Freedom, amid the media equivalent of the fog of war. There have been trumpeted interviews and fatuous raves, but also misleading headlines,Twitter diatribes, backlashes to the... Read more
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The Huffington Post
What Jonathan Franzen Talks About When He Talks About WomenArguably the most anticipated novel coming out this fall is Jonathan Franzen's
What Jonathan Franzen Talks About When He Talks About Women
The Huffington Post / Posted 4 days ago
Arguably the most anticipated novel coming out this fall is Jonathan Franzen's Purity, the story of a young girl who tries to work for the Internet but has a horrible time. It's also about many other things, which we discuss below. Franzen's books... Read more
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Faster Louder
Foals on recording in Australia, taking shrooms and reading poetryIn between sips of espresso and puffs of several cigarettes, a jet-lagged Yanni
Foals on recording in Australia, taking shrooms and reading poetry
Faster Louder / Posted 7 days ago
In between sips of espresso and puffs of several cigarettes, a jet-lagged Yannis Philippakis tells PERRI CASSIE about the making of What Went Down, the substances that fuelled it, and the possibility of recording their next album in Australia. What... Read more
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Faster Louder
Foals: "It’s not a one-dimensional thing"In between sips of espresso and puffs of several cigarettes, a jet-lagged Yanni
Foals: "It’s not a one-dimensional thing"
Faster Louder / Posted 7 days ago
In between sips of espresso and puffs of several cigarettes, a jet-lagged Yannis Philippakis tells PERRI CASSIE about the making of What Went Down, the substances that fueled it, and the possibility of recording their next album in Australia. What... Read more
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The Atlantic
The Best 20th-Century Writer You've Never Heard OfClarice Lispector was a woman plagued by “the hellish grandeur of life.” Throug
The Best 20th-Century Writer You've Never Heard Of
The Atlantic / Posted 9 days ago
Clarice Lispector was a woman plagued by “the hellish grandeur of life.” Throughout her career the Brazilian author and journalist showed a fascination for the mundane, as well as a desperation to quiet her mind and achieve a semblance of... Read more
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Salon.com
Dear Jonathan Franzen: No, women don’t “need” to go looking for a villain — and you are not a victimThere is so, so much weirdness going on in that recent Guardian interview with
Dear Jonathan Franzen: No, women don’t “need” to go looking for a villain — and you are not a victim
Salon.com / Posted 9 days ago
There is so, so much weirdness going on in that recent Guardian interview with acclaimed novelist, Oprah shunner and social media disdainer Jonathan Franzen that the thing is best digested in small pieces. There’s the part about how he toyed with the... Read more
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Inside Bay Area
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Inside Bay Area / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Brush News-Tribune
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Brush News-Tribune / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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The Farmington Daily Times
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
The Farmington Daily Times / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Contra Costa Times Newspapers
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Contra Costa Times Newspapers / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Contra Costa Times Newspapers
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Contra Costa Times Newspapers / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Canon City Daily Record
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Canon City Daily Record / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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The Evening Sun
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
The Evening Sun / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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York Daily Record
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
York Daily Record / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Lowell Sun
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Lowell Sun / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Silicon Valley
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Silicon Valley / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Carlsbad Current-Argus
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Carlsbad Current-Argus / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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San Jose Mercury News
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
San Jose Mercury News / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Silver City Sun-News
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Silver City Sun-News / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Lebanon Daily News
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Lebanon Daily News / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Alamogordo Daily News
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Alamogordo Daily News / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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The Fremont Argus
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
The Fremont Argus / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Bennington Banner
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kidsAuthor Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better
Jonathan Franzen almost adopted war orphan to understand kids
Bennington Banner / Posted 9 days ago
Author Jonathan Franzen once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to better understand young people. Uh ... The man who wrote "The Corrections" told The Guardian he was in his late 40s, had a good relationship and career, but didn't get the... Read more
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Newser
Author Jonathan Franzen Felt Alienated From Young People, So He Wanted to Adopt Iraqi Orphan– To really get a handle on today's young people, would you a) hook up with you
Author Jonathan Franzen Felt Alienated From Young People, So He Wanted to Adopt Iraqi Orphan
Newser / Posted 9 days ago
– To really get a handle on today's young people, would you a) hook up with your local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter, b) volunteer at a school, or c) adopt an Iraqi orphan so you can pick his brain for why he's not idealistic or angry enough? If... Read more
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The Atlantic
The Time Jonathan Franzen Wanted to Adopt Some Iraqi OrphansDuring a 2010 interview with The Telegraph—one he gave during the publicity tou
The Time Jonathan Franzen Wanted to Adopt Some Iraqi Orphans
The Atlantic / Posted 9 days ago
During a 2010 interview with The Telegraph—one he gave during the publicity tour for his then-new book, Freedom—the author Jonathan Franzen mentioned, off-handedly, that he once considered adopting “some Iraqi orphans.” In order to help “his creative... Read more
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Guardian Unlimited
Jonathan Franzen interview: ‘There is no way to make myself not male'Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, Purity, is partly set in Santa Cruz, a California
Jonathan Franzen interview: ‘There is no way to make myself not male'
Guardian Unlimited / Posted 9 days ago
Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, Purity, is partly set in Santa Cruz, a Californian town 70 miles south of San Francisco, where the novelist lives with his partner, Kathy. Their house is in the U-bend of a crescent, on the edge of a suburban housing... Read more
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Mashable
Jonathan Franzen wanted to adopt an orphan to understand young peopleImage: Mary Altaffer/Associated Press TGFE: Thank God for editors. Jonathan F
Jonathan Franzen wanted to adopt an orphan to understand young people
Mashable / Posted 9 days ago
Image: Mary Altaffer/Associated Press TGFE: Thank God for editors. Jonathan Franzen — America's Next Top Curmudgeon and the celebrated author of novels including The Corrections, Freedom, and the upcoming Purity — tells The Guardian that once upon... Read more
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Salon.com
Jennifer Weiner slams Jonathan Franzen’s “female trouble” in epic Twitter rebuttal to his Guardian interviewWriters Jennifer Weiner and Jonathan Franzen have had a longstanding rivalry, d
Jennifer Weiner slams Jonathan Franzen’s “female trouble” in epic Twitter rebuttal to his Guardian interview
Salon.com / Posted 9 days ago
Writers Jennifer Weiner and Jonathan Franzen have had a longstanding rivalry, dating back to when Weiner coined the term “Franzenfreude” to summarize her frustration with the endless critical praise showered on middle-aged white novelists... Read more
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Salon.com
Jonathan Franzen considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to understand young people betterJonathan Franzen is both one of our greatest contemporary American novelists an
Jonathan Franzen considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to understand young people better
Salon.com / Posted 9 days ago
Jonathan Franzen is both one of our greatest contemporary American novelists and our most irritating public figures, prone to beefing with female novelists, bloviating about the hazards of the Internet, and just generally rankling people’s feathers... Read more
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Guardian Unlimited
Jonathan Franzen 'considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people'In a setup that would not look out of place in fiction, Jonathan Franzen, the b
Jonathan Franzen 'considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people'
Guardian Unlimited / Posted 9 days ago
In a setup that would not look out of place in fiction, Jonathan Franzen, the bestselling American novelist, has said he once considered adopting an Iraqi war orphan to help him understand young people better, but was persuaded against it by his... Read more
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Quartz
The literary world’s new breakout cult writer has been dead for almost 40 years - Quartz lost and found in translation Clarice Lispector was a woman plagued
The literary world’s new breakout cult writer has been dead for almost 40 years
Quartz / Posted 9 days ago
- Quartz lost and found in translation Clarice Lispector was a woman plagued by “the... Read more
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The Irish Times
Literary listings: Friel fever; CBI conference; Hanya Yanagihara in Dublin; Turn at Tara Joe O’Connor Book Club podcast; Galway readings; Graiguenamanagh Town of Books
Literary listings: Friel fever; CBI conference; Hanya Yanagihara in Dublin; Turn at Tara
The Irish Times / Posted 9 days ago
Joe O’Connor Book Club podcast; Galway readings; Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival; Guardian longlist; Wild Swans The inaugural Lughnasa International... Read more
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Evening Standard
Is Purity author Jonathan Franzen the new Dickens?In their wisdom, their surprising originality, or, as it might be, their confus
Is Purity author Jonathan Franzen the new Dickens?
Evening Standard / Posted 11 days ago
In their wisdom, their surprising originality, or, as it might be, their confusion, their rampant asininity, the judges of this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction excluded even from their long list the new novel by Jonathan Franzen, Purity. It was... Read more
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Slate
The New Yorker’s James Wood on Why He Regrets Being So Hard on David Foster WallaceArts, entertainment, and more. The Nearest Thing to Life is the latest collect
The New Yorker’s James Wood on Why He Regrets Being So Hard on David Foster Wallace
Slate / Posted 13 days ago
Arts, entertainment, and more. The Nearest Thing to Life is the latest collection from James Wood, the English literary critic and New Yorker writer. The book consists of several of Wood’s lectures; it is less focused on the specific novelists and... Read more
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The Age
Jonathan Galassi: The publisher turned novelistJonathan Galassi likes to say that he has backed into things all his life. On
Jonathan Galassi: The publisher turned novelist
The Age / Posted 13 days ago
Jonathan Galassi likes to say that he has backed into things all his life. On the west wall of his office at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, opposite Elizabeth Bishop's National Book Award and a handwritten Joseph Brodsky poem addressed to Roger Straus,... Read more
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The Daily Jeffersonian
Today in HistoryToday is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in t
Today in History
The Daily Jeffersonian / Posted 13 days ago
Today is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 17, 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder... Read more
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Washington Post
With ‘Purity,’ Jonathan Franzen tackles the Web, mothers, the truth"Purity" by Jonathan Franzen. (Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux) “It suck
With ‘Purity,’ Jonathan Franzen tackles the Web, mothers, the truth
Washington Post / Posted 13 days ago
"Purity" by Jonathan Franzen. (Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux) “It sucks to be well-known,” says a character in the new novel by well-known author Jonathan Franzen. “Everyone should be told this about fame before they start pursuing it: you... Read more
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The Champaign News-Gazette
This day in history, Aug. 17, 2015Today is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in t
This day in history, Aug. 17, 2015
The Champaign News-Gazette / Posted 13 days ago
Today is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in the year. International history Today's highlight: On Aug. 17, 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the... Read more
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The Daily & Sunday Review
Glancing Backward, Aug. 17, 2015Today is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in t
Glancing Backward, Aug. 17, 2015
The Daily & Sunday Review / Posted 14 days ago
Today is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 17, 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder... Read more
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Lowell Sun
Today in HistoryToday is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in t
Today in History
Lowell Sun / Posted 14 days ago
Today is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 17, 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder... Read more
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Berkshire Eagle
Today in HistoryToday is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in t
Today in History
Berkshire Eagle / Posted 14 days ago
Today is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 17, 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder... Read more
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DNA Info
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Patti Smith Headline Clinton Hill Literary SeriesCLINTON HILL — Authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Patti Smith, Jonathan Franzen and othe
Ta-Nehisi Coates and Patti Smith Headline Clinton Hill Literary Series
DNA Info / Posted 16 days ago
CLINTON HILL — Authors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Patti Smith, Jonathan Franzen and others will hit the books at St. Joseph's College on Clinton Avenue this fall. The college and the Greenlight Bookstore have organized a series of "literary presentations and... Read more
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