Jonathan Franzen's Freedom

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To say that Jonathan Franzen's latest novel is creating a huge buzz in the literary world is like saying the sun is a slightly warm celestial body. Already, his new literary novel Freedom ranks near the top of Amazon's bestseller lists and he's the first living American novelist to be on the cover of Time Magazine since Stephen King graced the cover in 2000. All this, and the book isn't even being released until next week. Franzen rankled Oprah Winfrey back when his last novel, The Corrections was published, saying that having an Oprah's book club sticker on the cover might keep men from reading it.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan talks with Julie Bosman, publishing reporter for The New York Times, about whether Franzen's new novel merits all of this sound and fury.

Below, watch a video of Franzen discussing his new novel.