Readers of Jonathan Franzen know he has a particularly dour outlook on life. The author of The Corrections and Freedom seems to like songbirds and hate just about everything else. Added to that list this week were e-books, which Franzen says are eroding the permanence of great literature.
According to an unofficial tally by the Daily Beast, in addition to books not on paper, Franzen’s disdains include: the Internet, cats, Michiko Kakutani and experimental fiction. Not listed, but likely applicable: kids these days, new-fangled bicycles, and writing characters that are in any human or appealing.