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Jonathan Safran Foer

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Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Jonathan Safran Foer We express ourselves differently. Sometimes it feels better, or at least easier. Sometimes it feels worse, or at least shallower. You're probably…moreWe express ourselves differently. Sometimes it feels better, or at least easier. Sometimes it feels worse, or at least shallower. You're probably asking the wrong person, though, as I don't use Snapchat or emoticons. Technology is used in the book not in order to comment on expression, but as a means for characters to be "elsewhere." Jacob conducts a fantasy life through his phone, but also by browsing real estate ads on the Internet and imagining lives he knows he'll never live. Sam, his eldest son, spends much of his free time in the virtual world of "Other Life." And Jacob's father, Irv, is a kind of xenophobic lawn sprinkler, shooting off his every opinion—and some opinions he probably doesn't actually have—by means of his blog. In the cases of those three generations of Bloch men, technology facilitates being somewhere other than in one's life.(less)
Jonathan Safran Foer There is a difference between being "political" and advancing a political argument. HERE I AM is overflowing with arguments, but doesn't have an…moreThere is a difference between being "political" and advancing a political argument. HERE I AM is overflowing with arguments, but doesn't have an argument to make. So there is undeniably a sense in which it is political—it overflows with politics. (It seems that anything that in any way involves Israel involves politics.) But unlike EATING ANIMALS, which as you say is "expressly political"—I was making a case against factory farming—this novel presents a chorus of perspectives and voices, not holding one above others, but creating an argumentative environment. (less)
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"A marriage implodes; an earthquake devastates Israel. Crisis, questioning, and the meaning of home anchor Here I Am, Foer's hugely anticipated third novel. " ...More

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“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

“I love you also means I love you more than anyone loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.”
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