That Jonathan Franzen has large ambitions as an author is not news. Nor is it news that his success has been large.
“The fact remains that Jonathan Franzen is a hell of a writer.
“ultimately bores and irritates, rather than pleases and compels. Franzen has a lot to offer, but he needs to stop simpering and whining.”
“. . . an excellent anthology of witty prose, astute analysis, and frenzied rage.”