Jonathan Franzen Quotes

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nice-people-dont-necessarily-fall-in-love-with-nice-people
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i-voluntarily-inflicted-certain-level-insanity-on-myself-jonathan-franzen
robin-turned-looked-straight-into-her-whats-life-for-i-dont-know-i-dont-either-but-i-dont-think-its-about-winning-jonathan-franzen
the-writers-life-is-life-revisions-jonathan-franzen
patty-believed-that-parents-have-duty-to-teach-their-children-how-to-recognize-reality-when-they-see-it-jonathan-franzen
only-in-crowded-diverse-place-like-new-york-surrounded-by-strangeness-do-i-come-home-to-myself-jonathan-franzen
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Reading Chip's college orientation materials, Alfred had been struck by the sentence New England winters can be very cold. The curtains he'd bought at Sears were of a plasticized brown-and-pink fabric with a backing of foam rubber. They were heavy and bulky and stiff. "You'll appreciate these on a cold night, " he told Chip. "You'll be surprised how much they cut down drafts." But Chip's freshman roommate was a prep-school product named Roan McCorkle who would soon be leaving thumbprints, in what appeared to be Vaseline, on the fifth-grade photo of Denise. Roan laughed at the curtains and Chip laughed, too. He put them back in the box and stowed the box in the basement of the dorm and let it gather mold there for the next four years. He had nothing against the curtains personally. They were simply curtains and they wanted no more than what any curtains wanted - to hang well, to exclude light to the best of their ability, to be neither too small nor too large for the window that it was their task in life to cover; to be pulled this way in the evening and that way in the morning; to stir in the breezes that came before rain on a summer night; to be much used and little noticed. There were numberless hospitals and retirement homes and budget motels, not just in the Midwest but in the East as well, where these particularly brown rubber-backed curtains could have had a long and useful life. It wasn't their fault that they didn't belong in a dorm room. They'd betrayed no urge to rise above their station; their material and patterning contained not a hint of unseemly social ambition. They were what they were. If anything, when he finally dug them out of the eve of graduation, their virginal pinkish folds turned out to be rather less plasticized and homely and Sears-like than he remembered. They were nowhere near as shameful as he'd thought.

Jonathan Franzen
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brooklyn-was-like-philadelphia-made-better-by-its-proximity-to-manhattan-jonathan-franzen
her-mind-was-like-balloon-with-static-cling-attracting-random-ideas-as-they-floated-by-jonathan-franzen
he-was-certifiably-insane-ayn-rander-who-fancied-himself-ebermensch-singularitys-chosen-avatar-jonathan-franzen
the-mark-legitimate-revolution-scientific-for-example-was-that-it-didnt-brag-about-its-revolutionariness-but-simply-occurred-jonathan-franzen
there-are-few-things-harder-to-imagine-than-other-peoples-conversations-about-yourself-jonathan-franzen
an-odd-thing-about-beauty-however-is-that-its-absence-tends-not-to-arouse-our-sympathy-as-much-as-other-forms-privation-do-jonathan-franzen
pip-wondered-what-secret-was-being-different-in-way-that-attracted-people-as-opposed-to-her-own-way-jonathan-franzen
when-im-writing-i-dont-want-anyone-else-in-room-including-myself-jonathan-franzen
its-doubtful-that-anyone-with-internet-connection-at-his-workplace-is-writing-good-fiction-jonathan-franzen
it-was-way-recognizing-places-enchantment-people-falling-asleep-like-this-jonathan-franzen
it-took-hours-to-turn-clock-back-30-seconds-jonathan-franzen
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the-personality-susceptible-to-dream-limitless-freedom-is-personality-also-prone-should-dream-ever-sour-to-misanthropy-rage-jonathan-franzen
what-lived-onin-me-was-discomfort-how-completely-id-outgrown-novel-id-once-been-happy-to-live-in-jonathan-franzen
du-skal-bare-huske-at-det-ikke-er-en-perfekt-krig-i-en-perfekt-verden-jonathan-franzen
she-pondered-arrangements-paintings-on-wall-like-writer-pondered-commas-jonathan-franzen
theres-hardly-anybody-who-doesnt-hate-somebody-now-nobody-at-all-whom-somebody-doesnt-hate-jonathan-franzen
seriously-world-is-changing-quickly-that-if-you-had-any-more-than-80-years-change-i-dont-see-how-you-could-stand-it-psychologically-jonathan-franzen
i-admire-your-capacity-for-admiring-jonathan-franzen
i-feel-that-working-environmentalists-are-in-main-happier-than-armchair-environmentalists-jonathan-franzen
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elective-ignorance-was-great-survival-skill-perhaps-greatest-jonathan-franzen
i-had-viking-sense-entitlement-to-whatever-provisions-i-could-plunder-jonathan-franzen
todays-baudelaires-are-hiphop-artists-jonathan-franzen
nothing-got-inside-head-without-becoming-pictures-jonathan-franzen
birds-were-like-dinosaurs-better-selves-they-had-short-lives-long-summers-we-all-should-be-lucky-as-to-leave-behind-such-heirs-jonathan-franzen
its-liberating-for-me-to-realize-that-i-dont-have-to-step-up-to-plate-with-plot-that-involves-un-security-council-jonathan-franzen
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