In Jonathan Franzen’s 2001 novel The Corrections
, Chip Lambert liquidates his library. He sells off his collection of Frankfurt School books, as well as “his feminists, his formalists, his structuralists, his poststructuralists, his Freudians, and his queers” in order to raise money to impress a new girlfriend.
Parting with his Frankfurt School books, in particular, though, proves a painful business.
“He turned away from their reproachful spines, remembering how each one of them had called out in a bookstore with a promise of a radical critique of late-capitalist society… But Jürgen