That was my first thought: ‘run, buddy, run’. –but maybe he enjoyed, for instance, meeting Dutch people who like his books and are interested in ‘meeting’ him. Agatha Christie? –or Theo van Gogh? –or nothing more than scheduling imbecility and subsequent embarrassment (he wouldn’t be the only).
I saw this yesterday & kind of grinned– to be fair though I don’t think it’s such a huge deal yet, as it’d only been like 3 days upon that article’s publication, and his French publisher didn’t seem to give a shit (haha). But holy fuck every time I read about Houellebecq it makes me want to be reading one of his books but of course they are not with me.