a Balzac

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French - France

I have trouble understanding this line from an episode of the US series Chasing Life.

Two girls, Beth and Natalie, live in an appartment as roommates. Natalie has just moved in.
Downstairs neighbor knocks at the door. Beth gets it and he tells her he can't concentrate on his dissertation. He says: "Balzac and the hums of Justin Bieber don't exactly mix." The neighbor and Beth speak for a while, and when he's gone, Natalie (who had never met him before) says:
"He's a Balzac" and Beth says "yeah..."

Is there a pun or something?

Thank you!
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