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iStockphoto: A fountain Triton in Karl Kraus' Vienna
iStockphoto: A fountain Triton in Karl Kraus’ Vienna

By Porter Ander­son | @Porter_Anderson

Writing on the Ether: What’s Wrong With Franzen?

Jonathan Franzen “warns ebooks are corroding values” (The GuardianAlison Flood) and says “ebooks are damaging society” (The TelegraphAnita Singh).

The Kraus Project by Jonathan FranzenAnd now you can follow this link to pre-order his new October 1 release, The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus—as an ebook.

The author somehow is able find it in his heart to accept your money for that oh-so-impermanent format he has criticized so profusely in the past, the ebook.

And that ebook is purveyed to us from the very mountaintop of the “contemporary technoconsumerism” he newly decries: Amazon.

Let this be a lesson to us all. Even after achieving highest literary honors, you can still lose it when it’s time to say…”buy my book!”

Read the full article at JaneFriedman.com


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