The Marriage Plot

To say that Jeffrey Eugenides’ latest novel, The Marriage Plot, has an air of pretension would probably be an understatement. It revolves around the lives of Brown University students. Pages upon pages are devoted to literary criticism, semiotics, religious theory, and biology. One of the main characters, an intelligent man battling manic depression, wallows in narcissisticContinue reading “The Marriage Plot”


Aside from a few snarky tweets, I’ve tried to hold my tongue on the Franzenfreude brouhaha.*  I’ve also largely managed to steer clear of every review of Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom, reason being that I wanted to come at the book with as fresh a perspective as possible.  But let’s be honest here: IContinue reading “Freedom”