From Jonathan Franzen, the National Book Award winning author of
The Corrections, come fourteen provocative and
entertaining answers to the question of how to be alone in a noisy
and distracting mass culture. Although Franzen's subjects range
from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works,
each piece wrestles with essential themes of his writing: the
erosion of civic life and private dignity, the dubious claims of
technology and psychology, the tragic shape of the individual life.
Recent pieces include a moving essay on his father's struggle with
Alzheimer's disease and a rueful account of Franzen's brief tenure
as an Oprah Winfrey author.
This is a book that will further cement Franzen's reputation as
one of the sharpest, toughest, and liveliest writers at work