04/21/2011 12:25 pm ET Updated Jun 21, 2011

Elif Batuman: Life After A Bestseller

So it's difficult to articulate what possessed me, at a later, boozier point in the dinner, to ask Franzen whether he had any weed.

"Wheat?" Franzen's agent repeated, frowning. "Why would you need wheat?"

"Not wheat – weed."

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