ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper caught Jonathan Franzen at the White House this afternoon. Here’s more from report: “Spotted leaving the White House Monday afternoon: Jonathan Franzen. Asked how his meeting with the president went, the celebrated author of ‘Freedom’ said ‘delightful.’”
Everybody in the literary blogosphere has been speculating what the President and the novelist discussed. This GalleyCat editor hoped they discussed one of the most popular passages in Franzen’s new novel, Freedom.
According to Amazon, 300 Kindle users underlined this passage in Freedom, the perfect election season quote: “He became another data point in the American experiment of self-government, an experiment statistically skewed from the outset, because it wasn’t the people with sociable genes who fled the crowded Old World for the new continent; it was the people who didn’t get along well with others.”