November 14, 2007 by Edward Champion Jonathan Franzen National Book Awards 1 Comment I just asked Franzen why he didn’t add me as a Facebook friend. He said that I talked too fast and that I sounded like I worked in advertising. There is audio. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tumblr Reddit
“[T]alked too fast” – that’s pretty funny. Franzen was responsible for what may have been the most hastily uttered string of words I heard in my bookselling career. He had come into the store with a TV crew and was fake-browsing while they shot. The owner and I came up to introduce ourselves when they finished. He (Franzen) said something like “Thanksforhavingmeit’sgreattomeetyouIreallyhavetogo” when we attempted to shake hands, and fled the store at a dead run.