writes, "I spent the early nineties trapped in a double singularity. Not only did I feel that I was dUferent than everyone around me, but I felt that the age I Uved in was utterly dUferent from any age that had come wUl play on TV. FinaUy Franzen Franzen concludes the coUection rolling--staring upward at a young oak tree the family planted after his father died and imagining how this before. For me the work of regaining a tragic perspective has therefore involved a dual kind of reaching out: both the reconnection with a shouts, "This is so fundamentaUy bogus!" with a brief narrative of a bus trip to Washington, D.C., in January 2001 to protest the inauguration of Presi- community of readers and writers, dent George W. Bush (both for his and the reclamation of a sense of his- poUcies and for the fiasco that was quite bring himseU to admit that the person who wrote the essay was the person who rode the bus to the protest--the protagonist, if we could call him that, joins other young northeastern progressives in the pithy slogans and enjoy a certain tory." Franzen admits to "an angry and frightened isolation"
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 2003
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