According to a series of Tweets posted by Graeme Neill of The Bookseller, someone ran into the Franzen event held today in London, stole his glasses right off his face, and left a ransom note behind, asking for $100,000 for their safe return. In a later Tweet, posted in response to the Twittersphere’s disbelief, Neill wrote, “honestly. I saw the note.”
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!
Franzen’s Twitter doppelganger, @EmperorFranzen has a practical Tweet for the thief: “TO THE THIEF WHO STOLE MY GLASSES: I need them back to read your friggin’ ransom note. Idiot.”
Such, it would seem, is the price of literary super-stardom.