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

Sep 10, 2013
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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.

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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 He spent six years as a feature writer for a daily and weekly newspaper and has two unpublished novels to his name.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.