08/27/2010 02:35 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jonathan Franzen: Great Writer, Not Great Guy?

Jonathan Franzen spends most of the three-minute author video for his new novel, Freedom, explaining how uncomfortable he is with the idea of author videos. In his now familiar mix of prickliness and pretension, Franzen complains that making the video somehow corrupts the "still place" that reading occupies, because you can't really "multitask reading a book."

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