Like little stars.
As you know, we’re big fans of Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” here at Salon. (Check out our “Freedom” Reading Club here.) But we’re not the only ones to have loved the book: “Freedom” has gotten raves from almost every major new outlet. But the most entertaining review we’ve seen is definitely this hilarious Ron Charles video for the Washington Post. In his video review, Charles expertly pokes fun at Franzen’s less-effective stylistic tendencies, the hype surrounding the book, and his own video book reviewing (“You need book criticism that’s fast, fun, and incredibly hip”). If you’re going to spend 4 minutes watching anything about Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom,” you’ll want to spend them watching this.
Thomas Rogers is Salon's former Arts Editor. He has written for the Globe & Mail, the Village Voice and other publications. He can be reached at @thomasmaxrogers.More Thomas Rogers.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.
The Salon Reading Club is an opportunity for Salon readers to come together and discuss a new book. At noon on Saturdays, Laura Miller kicks things off with an article about the book, and readers continue the discussion in the comments.
Our second pick is Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. Here's the schedule: Along the way, we'll collect questions for author Jonathan Franzen. At the end of the month, we'll select the best questions and Franzen will respond.
• Saturday, September 4: Pages 1 through 187
• Saturday, September 11: Pages 187 through 382
• Saturday, September 18: Pages 382 through 562
Here's the schedule:
Along the way, we'll collect questions for author Jonathan Franzen. At the end of the month, we'll select the best questions and Franzen will respond.