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Jennifer Weiner on Jonathan Franzen: “His hands aren’t as clean as he’d like to believe”

Jonathan Franzen has spoken out again on his reputation. The "Freedom" novelist, promoting new translation "The Kraus Project," told Scratch that he strives (despite a critical rap in certain circles for a problem with women that stops short of the serious charge of misogyny) to be balanced in his writing, reading, and creation of characters. "I am a male animal, and there’s nothing I can do about that.