Jonathan Franzen: Great novelist, kind of a prick

The delicate literary genius banned photography, so here’s his book cover.

Even with a spot on the bestseller list and a seat on Oprah’s couch, and even though he’s sort of a prick, I had to feel a little sorry for Jonathan Franzen last night during the author’s question and answer session at Unity Temple.

Not that Franzen didn’t acquit himself well. His answers were thoughtful and unpretentious. It’s just that I have a feeling he’s been answering these same questions over and over again since his new book Freedom was released last month, so by now he should have his responses on point.

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