Farther Away gets closer and closer
In anticipation of Jonathan Franzen's forthcoming book, Farther Away, a collection of essays and speeches written over the past five years, we revisit Franzen's essay of the same title, which appeared in The New Yorker in April, 2011. "Farther Away" (the essay, not the book) deals with Franzen's attempt to find solitude on a volcanic Chilean island called Alejandro Selkir, which is said to be the basis for Daniel Defoe's classic British novel, Robinson Crusoe. During his stay and throughout the essay, Franzen explores true isolation, dangerous cliff climbing, and his memories of David Foster Wallace. If we are lucky, Farther Away (the book, not the essay) will deal with much of the same.