Novelist Jonathan Franzen Heckled at Reading in Portland, OR

Jonathan Franzen James SpaderOn Thursday I went to a reading by author of The Corrections, and Freedom, Oprah-feuder, luddite and Time Magazine’s last “Great American Novelist,” Jonathan Franzen.

He read from a new piece he’s working on, a piece that consists wholly of footnotes on Karl Kraus, the Austrian satirist who Franzen relates to and calls “The Great Hater.”

Franzen spent much of the night comparing Kraus’ hatred for newspapers to his own hatred of technology, specifically Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Amazon.

Right after delving into why he dislikes Amazon (‘Like, half my friends own independent bookstores’), a woman who I assume was over 35 yelled, “I BOUGHT YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON!”  Continue reading “Novelist Jonathan Franzen Heckled at Reading in Portland, OR”

The Jersey Shore House Has To Be Painted WEEKLY

The house that has seen it all – Italian sausage in the hot tub, the mysterious disappearance of Angelina and Snooki‘s poof (I almost posted missing flyers) and all the guido power of 50 Sopranos – is graffitied daily.

Fans and anti-fans alike visit the Seaside Heights house constantly trying to break in, stealing roof shingles and writing their names and messages like “We love you Snooki” in Sharpie, TMZ reports.

Security has been amped up but the house still has to be repainted on a weekly basis. Fortunately it’s on MTV to pay for damages when the house is occupied by the Jersey Shore cast.  Continue reading “The Jersey Shore House Has To Be Painted WEEKLY”