Mocking Jonathan Franzen: A links round-up

In a review of a novel by Mussolini, Dorothy Parker wrote:

If only I had a private income, I would drop everything right now, and devote the scant remainder of my days to teasing the Dictator of All Italy…Indeed, my dream-life is largely made up of scenes in which I say to him, “Oh, Il Duce yourself, you big stiff,” and thus leave him crushed to a pulp.

And this is just how I feel about Jonathan Franzen. Not because he is a fascist or in any way a danger to America. Just because I find him extremely annoying, and I find internet jokes at his expense extremely delightful. All of which to say: ‘Tis evidently the season once again to be making fun of Franzen.

A call for messy comic book heroines.

I still like listening to stuff on vinyl, but otherwise, this point about the internet improving our lives is well taken.

Y’all this may make me a curmudgeon but I don’t want a brain-net. I like the internet where it is, exterior to my brain. Please and thank you.

Linda Holmes of NPR tackles the problems with portraying Black Widow in a superhero landscape woefully short on women.

HOORAY Eddie Redmayne is confirmed going to be in the JK Rowling movie about magical beasts.

After the most recent icky rape scene in Game of Thrones the Show, The Mary Sue has made an editorial decision to stop promoting or talking about the show.

On titles that are lists of three things. It notes that they sound better if the third thing is longer, and that, friends, is why some genius came up with the name “ascending tricolon,” a phrase I tried not to overuse on my Latin AP exam many years ago.

This woman was, as a toddler, a participant in primate research. She remembers almost nothing about it.

  • That Dorothy P quotation is hilair; belloc standards, no less. I’m not sure I’ve got over her dissing of Winnie the Pooh, but I might give her another go on the strength of that.

  • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I love the piece about the tripartite titles. Power of three…

  • An excellent round up! I am always happy to join in the Franzen mocking, though the only things of his I’ve read are the New Yorker pieces. And that last one I sort of hate read, the one about the birds.

    I didn’t even make it through the first Game of Thrones books, so there was no way I was going to watch the TV show.

  • Franzen is so easy to make fun of. I wonder how he feels about it? But then his ego is so big the mocking probably doesn’t even penetrate. As for GoT, the Sansa thing royally pissed me off. I’m glad The Mary Sue made that decision. I have decided to stop watching it. Between the Jamie/Cersei episode last season and the constant and unnecessary barrage of female nudity and objectification I’ve had enough.

  • Heather

    Tis the season? It must be a YEAR LONG SEASON then. Woot!

  • I too am glad to see people dropping GoT. And I’ve never read a thing by this Franzen guy…but those quotations are horrifying comedy gold.

    Personally I liked Black Widow’s part in the Avengers movie. I liked the whole thing. I liked Hawkeye’s family, I liked the Hulk/BW whatever-it-was (not a romance, more a not-romance. Let’s bring the word jodi into American film, yeah?). Maybe I’m just not picky, but I’m also not sure that we’re going to get lots more women superheroes if we eviscerate the director every time because said woman isn’t perfect, stereotype-busting, messy, and empathetic–all at the same time.

  • I haven’t read Franzen but I don’t have a great opinion of him anyways and do enjoy all the internet jokes about him, lol.

    I was recently re-listening to Roxane Gay’s essay in Bad Feminist about women in Hollywood so the Black Widow article you shared is very timely. It is very disappointing to see women be puppets in a male character’s story. One of the books I am reading right now, although brilliant, has the same problem. Why is it so hard to flesh out a woman character – will the audience hate it?

  • Your links are a delight, as always. And it’s lovely to see Dorothy Parker on an outing. We do not have enough Dorothy Parker in our lives; there should be a minimum quota.

  • Oh, Dorothy, you wit!

    After the last two episodes, I have found my interest in watching GoT waning. The sex and violence has always been gratuitous, but now, more so… (for a lack of better words).