Purity from Prison

October 9, 2015 | 1 book mentioned 3

“I was interested enough in WikiLeaks, state transparency, and emergent opposition networks to do five years in prison over such things, but I wasn’t interested enough that I would have voluntarily plowed through 500 pages of badly plotted failed-marriage razzmatazz by an author who’s long past his expiration date simply in order to learn what the Great King of the Honkies thinks about all this.” Barrett Brown reviews Jonathan Franzen’s Purity from prison. Pair with our own Lydia Kiesling’s review of the book.

is an intern for The Millions. She is the managing editor of Concrete Literary Magazine at Emerson College, where she is pursuing a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. She tweets at @Cara_DuBois.


  1. “King of the Honkies” is such a good title I may have to steal it. And that’s exactly what Franzen is, isn’t he? What he always wanted to be, anyway.

  2. Oh, wow, another jealous nobody virtue-signaling his contempt for Franzen and his audience, how brave and iconoclastic. Casual racism, too! Of all the thousands of identical pieces you can find like this around the web, this is easily my favorite.

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