Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
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Novelist Irks Avian Aficionado

"Jonathan Franzen, nobody is looking at you. You're in New York City. A guy in cowboy boots and underpants plays guitar for tips in Times Square, and another guy walks around town with a cat perched on his head. Carrying a pair of binoculars is not exactly letting your freak flag fly."

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roboloki (#1,724)

i saw a minute of him before i had to turn it off. oddly, the little dialogue of his i heard didn't sound stilted and completely unrealistic. go figure.

freetzy (#7,018)

This was my favorite: "But in birding, as in life in general, don’t be like Jonathan Franzen."

mishaps (#5,779)

@freetzy the truly sad part is that I think even Jonathan Franzen might agree with that advice.

City_Dater (#2,500)

Well, to be fair, his neighbors probably guess that he's a peeping weirdo when they see him strutting around with his binoculars. However, this reasonable assumption does not seem to be his concern.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

I feel like this article can be summarized with "I hate Jonathan Franzen's stupid face and everything he does is stupid, even cool stuff."

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Ham Snadwich That summary applies to much most pretty much all of what is written about Jonathan Franzen on the Internet these days, sadly.

skahammer (#587)

@Ham Snadwich It's amazing how often adult life resembles an elementary-school classroom, really.

saythatscool (#101)

@skahammer WHATEVER GAYWAD

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@skahammer – Please note that I am not calling birdwatching cool It's incredibly dorky. Lots of things are, but that's not a reason not to do something.

Bittersweet (#765)

@Ham Snadwich I enjoy the dorky sport of birdwatching, but with a secondary goal of identifying potential enemy scouts in the impending war between the animal kingdoms. Team Mammal!

I lived a few blocks away from this Jonathan and he scared the crap out of me. Also, I hate birds except for when they poop on me, which is good luck.

Rick Gary@facebook (#11,539)

@Gabby Warshawer@twitter Maybe Frazen scares the crap out of birds, providing a useful public service

Rick Gary@facebook (#11,539)

I also remember Frazen saying in the documentary that carrying binoculars makes him look unglamorous. Hmmmmmmm

abcd pagi (#245,759)

ou're in New York City. A guy in cowboy boots and underpants plays guitar for tips in Times Square, and another guy walks around town with a cat perched on his head. Carrying a pair of binoculars is not exactly letting your freak flag flyPhen375

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