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  • The Wonderful Franzen

    I’ve read most of what Jonathan Franzen has published. Not surprisingly, my introduction to him was via The Corrections, his Oprah-endorsed novel. That put him onto my list of authors to watch. While I waited for his next novel (Freedom), I read his essays (How Not to Be Alone) and his memoir (The Discomfort Zone). […]

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  • Peer Evaluation in Old School

    I was gripped by Tobias Wolff’s short novel Old School. Old School tells the story of an unnamed boy at boarding school. Life is difficult for this boy, the story’s narrator. My favorite detail is the deliberation at the Troubador, the school literary magazine, regarding which submissions should be selected for the next issue. The […]