It’s a free country. People can do whatever they want within the law, and even some things not within the law…I personally was on Facebook for two weeks as part of a piece of journalism I was writing — it seemed sort of dumb to me. Twitter is unspeakably irritating. Twitter stands for everything I oppose…it’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters…it’s like if Kafka had decided to make a video semaphoring The Metamorphosis. Or it’s like writing a novel without the letter ‘P’…It’s the ultimate irresponsible medium.
People I care about are readers…particularly serious readers and writers, these are my people. And we do not like to yak about ourselves.”
Audience member: Who are your biggest influences?
Michael Chabon: I’d have to say my good friend Jonathan Franzen. I thought his novel The Corrections needed none.
Jonathan Franzen: Well in turn, I’d have to say my biggest influence is…Albert Camus.
Chabon: You were supposed to say me! I blurbed you!
Franzen: Yeah, and it looks real sweet on my dust jacket. How do you like me now?