On Facing the Blank Page
Jonathan Franzen – author of internationally renowned novels such as ‘The Corrections’ and ‘Freedom’ – here argues that the only way to deal with the ‘blank page’ is by working on the story in your head before sitting down to write.
“If you say: ‘I want to write’, you turn on the computer and you look at the blank page – it’s over, it’s not going to happen.”
Jonathan Franzen (b. 1959) is an American novelist and essayist. His novel ‘The Corrections’ (2001) received widespread critical acclaim and earned him a National Book Award, a James Tait Black Memorial Prize and placed him in the final for a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Franzen is also the author of the novels ‘The Twenty-Seventh City’ (1988), ‘Strong Motion’ (1992), ‘Freedom’ (2010) and 'Purity' (2015).
Jonathan Franzen was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his home in Santa Cruz, California in January 2016.
Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016