Jonathan Franzen Knows What Love Is


To be fair, he knew he was facing an uphill battle: “Very probably, you’re sick to death of hearing social media disrespected by cranky 51-year-olds,” Jonathan Franzen begins, in an essay adapted from the commencement speech he delivered last week at Kenyon College, published today in the Times. But he went for it anyway:

Alas: Middle-aged, super-successful, straight, white man, with the best intentions and lovely rhythm, advocates for passion over apathy, to a room of fidgety twentysomethings; twentysomething bloggers gently mock it on the Internet; and the world turns.

Technology Provides An Alternative To Love [NYT via Runnin’ Scared/VV]