Author: Mr. Difficult
Episode 14: Season One Finale
In the season one finale, we rank all of Jonathan Franzen’s books, answer a few listener questions, and reveal what’s next for the podcast.
Episode 13: The End of the End of the Earth
Critic Leo Robson joins us to discuss Franzen's most recent collection of essays, The End of the End of the Earth.
Episode 12: Farther Away
Novelist Gabriel Roth joins us to discuss Jonathan Franzen's second essay collection, Farther Away.
Episode 11: The Discomfort Zone
We're joined by author Scaachi Koul to discuss Jonathan Franzen's 2006 memoir, The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History.
Episode 10: The Kraus Project
In this episode, we're joined by novelist Nell Zink to discuss The Kraus Project.
Episode 9: How to Be Alone
In this episode, we're joined by novelist Brandon Taylor to discuss Jonathan Franzen's first essay collection, How to Be Alone.
Episode 8: Crossroads (Part 2)
We're joined by New York Times national correspondent Ruth Graham to discuss Franzen's depiction of faith and Christianity in Crossroads.
Episode 7: Crossroads (Part 1)
In this episode, Erin, Alex, and Eric are joined by critic Merve Emre and poet Elisa Gabbert to discuss Jonathan Franzen’s sixth novel, Crossroads.
Episode 6: Purity
Everyone agrees that Purity is an insane mess. But what if it’s also good? Novelist Rumaan Alam joins Erin, Alex, and Eric to discuss Jonathan Franzen’s fifth novel.
Episode 5: Freedom
We're joined by novelist Jacob Bacharach to discuss Jonathan Franzen’s fourth and most Franzen-y novel, Freedom.