Celebrities and politics
As we have previously noted, The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg is now a full-fledged member of McSweeney’s disciples, worshiping at the feet of Dave Eggers at 826Valencia. So it’s not that surprising to find the actor stumping for President Obama over at 90 Days, 90 Reasons, the McSweeney’s offshoot nonprofit which serves to “re-inspire the grassroots army that got Obama elected in the first place.”
So why does Mr. Eisenberg think you should vote? Because he’s currently living in a yurt in Mongolia, that’s why.
Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the protagonist of Dave Eggers’s 2009 nonfiction bestseller Zeitoun, appeared in a New Orleans district court yesterday following his second arrest on charges of assaulting his now ex-wife in the past year.
Shopping is hard
Last week, speaking at an event at the Center for Fiction, the writer David Lipsky recalled his first impressions of a visit to David Foster Wallace’s home. Mr. Lipsky expected the usual decorative trappings of the self-conscious intellectual: a shelf full of impressive books, yes, but also some signature of the Read More
Today Grantland began selling Grantland Quarterly, a print anthology of the best reads from the sports and culture site so far. It is edited by Bill Simmons and Dan Fierman.
ESPN and Grantland have contracted McSweeney’s to handle the production and distribution (which, in retrospect, explains why Dave Eggers is a Grantland contributing editor).
When David Foster Wallace hanged himself with a black belt and his arms bound by duct tape on the patio of his home in Claremont, Calif., on Sept. 12, 2008, he had published a history of the concept of infinity, three collections of short stories, two books of essays and two novels. The last of Read More
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Now that he’s no longer speaking constantly on behalf of print media, Dave Eggers has some free time to open his first solo art show.
“It Is Right to Draw Their Fur” will be hanging at Electric Works in San Francisco from July 16 through August 14. More than 100 Read More
The Gist: A coffee-table retrospective of twelve years of McSweeney’s, told issue-by-issue and book-by-book, and, focusing on the text-heavy, deliberately arcane design that marks everything Dave Eggers has ever touched.
Author: The editors of McSweeney’s
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Page Count: 256
Pages Read: 50ish? We were skipping around.
Does It Work? It’s clogged by tepid interviews with the people responsible, Read More
We believe Dave Eggers when he says he loves newspapers. However, we also believe that Dave Eggers loves talking about loving newspapers.
Or at least we hope he does, because he’s certainly getting plenty of practice. Today, the Nieman Lab recounts his recent Read More
How on earth did this not come to our attention sooner?
It seems that one of the contributors to Dave Eggers’ Panorama is the Transom’s favorite permanent grad student and performance artist, James Franco.
If you can save journalism, James, then your forthcoming appearance in Eat, Pray, Love Read More