Monday, October 04, 2010

Breaking News: Franzen’s Famous Specs Stolen

As I write this, the story is breaking on Twitter and none of the major media outlets have filed yet but the flurry of tweets by eyewitnesses would seem to confirm the news.

Apparently author Jonathan Franzen (Freedom, The Corrections), in Germany promoting his book at the Frankfurt Book Fair, had his glasses stolen, and a ransom note left in their place.

“Poor Jonathan Franzen,” @LondonReview tweeted. “A man just ran up to him, pulled the glasses off his face, and legged it out of the room... At his own party!” And later, “Franzen tried to give chase, but the man had disappeared.”

While @gnei11 tweeted, “Someone ran into the Franzen event, stole the glasses off his face and left behind a ransom note asking for $100,000.”

Why does drama always seem to follow this particular author around?

Editor’s Note: Here’s what happens when you pull the details from Twitter. The event wasn’t in Frankfurt, as previously reported, but in London. Publishers Weekly has now filed their story and, among other things, had this to say:
To ward off any accusations, noted Franzen-Frenzy-opponent Jennifer Weiner Tweeted, “I am in London, but had nothing to do with FranzenGlassesGate. I’m much more interested in swiping Galassi’s monocle (he has one, right?)” Watch out Galassi!
The PW piece (with super amusing artwork) is on their blog and it’s here.


Anonymous Emperor Franzen said...

Sorry, it was me who perpetuated the Frankfurt rumor based on someone else's tweet...I need to factcheck better next time.

Monday, October 4, 2010 at 1:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

No worries: it was breaking, breaking. We were able to make the correction in a couple of minutes. Correction! (Tee hee.)

Monday, October 4, 2010 at 1:46:00 PM PDT  

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