Foer is cooler than I thought

Deborah Solomon has a really nice long article/interview with Jonathan Safran Foer at the NYT. He sounds very nice. Not at all like I thought he would. I imagined him to be pretentious for some reason. Maybe because I imagine all talented people are pretentious. “Why do I write? It’s not that I want people to think I am smart, or even that I am a good writer. I write because I want to end my loneliness. Books make people less alone. That, before and after everything else, is what books do. They show us that conversations are possible across distances.”