Author Jonathan Franzen Dislikes Author Videos

Posted on August 16, 2010

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Author Jonathan Franzen is back on the literary radar with his new novel, called Freedom. Franzen has landed the cover of Time and he has a write-up in Vogue. Jonathan Franzen made an author video even though he dislikes them. The fact that a lot of commerce now happens online seems to have made him willing to make them.

Jonathan Franzen says, "This might be a good place for me to register my profound discomfort at having to make videos like this. To me, the point of a novel is to take you to a still place. You can multitask with a lot of things, but you can't really multitask reading a book. You're either reading a book or you're not. To me, the world of books is the quiet alternative, an ever more desperately needed alternative. I understand that not everyone sees it that way, and I understand that a lot of commerce happens online now, so I think it makes good sense to be recording little videos like this."

Take a look:

Image: Time


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