Friends Forever

Year in Reading alumnus Jonathan Safran Foer and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman have been exchanging emails for over a decade. Over at The New York Times Magazine, they share their recent correspondence on how things have changed since the beginning of their friendship.

is an intern for The Millions. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Ploughshares online, Music & Literature, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is currently the assistant fiction editor for Washington Square Review. She tweets at @bdantaslobato.


  1. Hilarious. Foer is arguably the worst writer of his generation, but he is unquestionably the most pretentious. Imagine a human being who would do this:

    “For the last half a year, we have played a game at dinner called the Wonder Line. If one of the kids can tell me something that generates the experience of wonder — the cocked head, slight nod, raised eyebrow and muttered ‘hmmm …’ — we call it ‘clearing the Wonder Line.”

    And then imagine a human being who would be so gol’ darn proud of doing this that he humble-brags about it in the New York Times.

  2. “Imagine a human being who would do this…”

    Yes but isn’t it heartwarming when fading propaganda assets come together to generate more… propaganda…? (and *when* is Woody going to put these two adorable kids in a movie…?)

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