So not every literate person in the Western World enamored of Jonathan Franzen and his latest epoch-definer, Freedom. Here’s a merciless dissection of not only Franzen’s ends, but his means as well. Key quote:
An idiosyncratic mix? Far from it. We find the same insecure style on The Daily Show and in the blogosphere; we overhear it on the subway. It is the style of all who think highly enough of their own brains to worry about being thought “elitist,” not one of the gang. The reassuring vulgarity follows the flight of pseudo-eloquence as the night the day. Like the rest of these people, Franzen should relax. We don’t need to find a naughty word on every page to know that he is one very regular Joe.