How Jonathan Franzen Learned To Stop Worrying (Sort Of)

A new memoir gives us the hilarious, excruciating life story of the man who wrote The Corrections

Jonathan Franzen is looking for an owl. He got a tip off the Internet about an owl living in a particular tree in this particular park in sunny San Jose, Calif. Now we are staring at the tree with binoculars from a distance of about 20 ft. Is the owl not home? Is it using some owl camouflage power on us? Is this even the right tree? In the past hour Franzen, 47, who's a pretty hard-core bird watcher, has already spotted California quail, some towhees, a scrub jay, a flicker and a few acorn woodpeckers. So far no owl, though.

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