A reader could divide the selections in Farther Away, the latest essay collection by Jonathan Franzen, into two distinct categories: birds and books.
Or, a little more specifically, birders—“birdwatchers,” to those who don’t share the passion—and literary writers. But since the author self-identifies as each, I’d suspect he might reject such duality and instead thematically unite these essays under a single classification:
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For Franzen is a rare bird, one who is both the birdwatcher and the self-proclaimed “literary writer,” and positions himself apart from the culture ...
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