Yesterday’s NY Times tells us a new Jonathan Franzen novel (Purity) is in the works as well as a forthcoming biography (Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage). I read this just after I read about the new Bob Hope bio by Richard Zoglin. That book emphasizes the glory days, and there were many, but tells of his being shunned for continuing past his prime. He lived to 100.

It surprised me that a biography (by Philip Weinstein) is coming out so soon on Franzen – he’s 55. Strike while the iron’s hot, I guess. Looking forward to both.

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