Once you’ve read Wyatt Mason’s review and George Saunders’s story (you might want to reverse the order, to avoid spoilers), and a significant portion of the Corrections assignment, write about your own impressions of Franzen and (vs.) Saunders. How do the two differ? Whose work do you find more enjoyable and in what ways? Do Mason’s (gently phrased) criticisms of Franzen apply to The Corrections as much as they do to the Freedom passages quoted in the review?
Try to make reference both to the spiritual/philosophical divergence Mason posits (possibly challenging, depending on how much of The Corrections you get through), and to more nuts-and-bolts style issues of word choice and figurative language (consider this mandatory). In your discussion of the latter, cite Week 5’s Prose reading on close reading, words, and sentences.