Worst Performance by an Author (cover version)

Some years ago, Jonathan Franzen made a terrible author video. I watched it many times and laughed. The more I watched it, though, the more it made sense to me as the ideal act of authorly rebellion…and the more I found myself sympathizing with Franzen’s concerns.

Finally, today, I recorded my cover version. Here it is in all its glory:

“Jonathan Franzen on Author Videos” (cover version) from Antoine Wilson on Vimeo.

Here’s the original Franzen version.

To balance the scales, here’s a much better Franzen video on comic writers (re Gogol: “He was a chilly motherfucker.”):

3 thoughts on “Worst Performance by an Author (cover version)

  1. It’s hard to imagine anything eclipsing ‘how to write a novel.’ But by god I think you’ve done it.

  2. I watched both of the videos at the same time, while flossing. Mostly I didn’t even watch the videos, but just read the ads on the big think one: “How to stop an affair,” or something.

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