Franzen hates shoe stores.

Just kidding.  Really inappropriate, starting another Franzen blaze, considering that he’s right on the mark here:

Yes, in theory, words are words. But literature isn’t data. The
difference between Shakespeare on a BlackBerry and Shakespeare in the
Arden Edition is like the difference between vows taken in a shoe store
and vows taken in cathedral.

(via.) 

(Did you catch my subliminal reference to the Kindle?  I’m telling you, I’m on fire today.)

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One thought on “Franzen hates shoe stores.

  1. I’d be curious to find out if Franzen has really thought through the implications of this bon-mot. As a novelist (and, when he’s letting his characters speak for themselves and not trying too hard for larfs or to impose an agenda on them, a very good one), Franzen should know better than to utter a pronouncement such as this, which, if one thinks about it, is elitist on more than one level.

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