The Ken Griggs 100: No. 99 ‘The Corrections’

Sep 10, 2013

Bro Jackson’s resident literary expert counts down his personal Top 100 list of greatest books. He’s not even including Dr. Seuss. Check out No. 100 here.

Number 99: “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen

Everything about Jonathan Franzen screams elitism: his refusal to take part in Oprah‘s book club, his essays on the demise of contemporary fiction, and those glasses that make him look like a genetically flawed test-tube baby spawned from Woody Allen and Buddy Holly. And yet I love the guy, especially for his refusal to take part in Oprah’s dog and pony show. He seems like the kind of guy who knows he’s smarter than everyone else, a Buckingham-go-your-own-way kind of fella. For these reasons it’s easy to enjoy his work.


Kenneth Griggs is a writer and bartender living in Chicago, IL. He has hitchhiked through the Australian Outback; lived in a small fishing village in Japan; climbed Mount Kilimanjaro; and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. He spent six years as a feature writer for a daily and weekly newspaper and has two unpublished novels to his name. But his finest accomplishment is not yet sprouting a gin blossom nose.