Mopey novelist Jonathan Franzen was attending
a book party in foggy London town yesterday when two Brits (we can only
assume!) snatched the author's glasses right off his face. One fled,
while the other (no doubt a fellow chimney sweep, or possibly a
boot-black) handed Franzen a note that read, according to The
Book Seller, "$100,000 – Your glasses are yours again!”
taking any chances, a police helicopter (yes, a police helicopter) was
dispatched to find the suspects, one of whom was found hiding in--wait
for it--Kensington Gardens. The glasses were promptly returned to the
visiting American, who declined to press charges.
however, reserve the right to spend ten years brooding over the
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