Lev Grossman Writes Two of TIME Magazine's Most Talked About Stories of 2010
Conveniently, these two articles showcase Lev’s twin strengths as both the magazine’s chief book critic and one of its tech writers. He also speaks, quite brilliantly in fact, on both of these subjects. And, of course, Lev is also an accomplished novelist — author of the New York Times bestseller and post-Harry Potter go-to The Magicians. But we’ll save that for another post. On to the business at hand:
Lev, on Franzen:
The trend in fiction over the past decade has been toward specialization: the closeup, the miniature, the microcosm. After the literary megafauna of the 1990s — like David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and Don DeLillo’s Underworld — the novels of the aughts embraced quirkiness and uniqueness. They zoomed deep in, exploring subcultures, individual voices, specific ethnic communities. Franzen skipped that trend. He remains a devotee of the wide shot, the all-embracing, way-we-live-now novel.
Lev, on Zuckerberg:
[Facebook] started out as a lark, a diversion, but it has turned into something real, something that has changed the way human beings relate to one another on a species-wide scale. We are now running our social lives through a for-profit network that, on paper at least, has made Zuckerberg a billionaire six times over.