You’ll need something to read while you’re waiting for the turkey to cook. Read More
Celebrities and politics
After a decade and a half of the Internet wreaking havoc on the way we live our lives, the literary world has decided it’s time to tackle its influence. Hard on the heels of Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s take on Silicon Alley’s first tech boom, we have The Circle, a patched-together dystopian fantasy by Dave Eggers, who is quite clearly very worried about the pernicious influence of Facebook and its ilk.
Many, many words have already been devoted to the ways Mr. Eggers misunderstands Silicon Valley, and they’re justified. The novel reads like it’s cobbled together from what Mr. Eggers has overheard in the bars, coffee shops and parks of San Francisco. He’s nailed the sound of the tech world’s delusions of grandeur, but he doesn’t see them for the delusions they usually are.
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.
Shopping is hard
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.
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).
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West Coast Bureau
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
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