To answer your first question: No, I wasn’t the one to attempt stealing his glasses.
To answer your second question: Yes, I wish I had attempted to when I met him.
Read more about the stolen glasses saga here:
Poor J-Franz. He’s having a pretty rough 2010!!
Yesterday Jonathan Franzen made an announcement to his readers at a publicity event in London’s Southbank. The critically acclaimed author, who was recently on the cover of Time magazine, regretted to inform his fans that HarperCollinsPublishers UK had printed an earlier version of the Freedom manuscript by mistake.
This affects stock in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Franzen’s US publisher, FSG, are the only ones to print the correct version of the text.
It is estimated that this (easy to make!) mistake will cost HarperCollinsPublishers dearly.
Read more here:
"…stealing toilet paper from the Burger King, which she had done several times trying to survive as an assistant in publishing…"
— from Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
A very clever Publisher sent me the links to the following websites to help speed up some reading I had to do:
Basically, all you need to do is copy and paste text into either the spreeder or zapreader program, choose a word per minute speed, then sit back and read like a speed demon.
Both programs are very easy to use, and make trawling through submissions much less painful. However, I do prefer the spreeder application, mainly because I find the font easier to read. But do try both out!