The "Freedom" video review you shouldn't miss

A new post by Ron Charles turns Jonathan Franzen's new book into comedy brilliance

Published September 8, 2010 1:09PM (EDT)

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.


By Thomas Rogers

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.

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