Last week, speaking to David Remnick at The New Yorker Festival, Jonathan Franzen dropped a literary bomb of sorts. (That’s on top of confirming rumors that an HBO adaptation of his novel The Corrections was in the works.) The Nation’s Eric Alterman attended the talk and rehashed on his blog the literary dirt Franzen dished on a (sadly deceased) peer.
The moment of actual drama came when Franzen was discussing David Foster Wallace and told Remnick that Wallace felt free to make stuff up for his non-fiction, including, particularly his famous cruise piece for Harper’s. […] I’m not sure Franzen should have said it, and Remnick appeared awfully surprised, but he also mentioned that Wallace never published any non-fiction in The New Yorker.
99 and a Half Just Won’t Do… [Eric Alterman/Nation]