Oprah vs. Jonathan Franzen
Let's call the Oprah-Franzen brawl the "Franzen feud"—which, of course, is not to be mistaken with this year's feminist franzenfreude. In 2001, when Jonathan Franzen's wildly popular novel The Corrections was selected for Oprah's Book Club, Franzen, though not entirely bothered by the book's selection, was not necessarily happy about it, either. "She's picked some good books," Franzen said of Oprah in an interview posted on Powells.com, "but she's picked enough schmaltzy, one-dimensional ones that I cringe." Salon.com's Laura Miller described the novelist's slight this way: "Oprah's selection of The Corrections was a bold, generous choice for a book that is also bold and generous. If the author has on this occasion lacked the nerve and imagination of his creation, well, writers are human beings, too, and sometimes they screw up. The books are what matter, if we could just manage to remember that."
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