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Jonathan Franzen Has Some Thoughts About Technology He’d Like to Share With You All

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The tide of technology has advanced so far that even America’s literary novelists can’t avoid the subject. Take, for example, Gary Shteyngart, who recently roamed the city wearing Google Glass on behalf of the New Yorker.

And so, today, the Guardian has published a rambling essay from Freedom author Jonathan Franzen. But rather than simply bitching about Twitter for 800 words, he apparently decided to go high-concept. Hence an opaque piece examining our age through the eyes of fin-de-siecle Viennese writer Karl Kraus. It’s an excerpt from a full-length book, in case you want to go real deep on the topic.

Uh, congrats about your 5 on the AP Modern European History exam, J-Franz? Read More

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Straight Outta Beta, Branch Finally Addresses the Important Questions

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Less than a day since it switched out of private beta, Branch is already proving that its civilized discussion platform can house more than dry tech speculation or a chorus of bubble cant. Today, fellow Betaworker Lauren Leto used to platform to ask the question burning up literary hearts across New York City: Fuck, Marry, Kill the Jonathans (i.e. authors Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Jonathan Lethem). Read More