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.
If the cliche for actors used to be “But what I really want to do is direct,” then the updated version would be “But I really want to do is blog.” It makes sense. These people are already rich and famous: they can afford not getting paid, plus, it makes them look intellectual and proves that they are more than dancing little monkeys who can memorize dialogue and cry on cue.
The latest literary star in the making is The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg (who has actually been writing one-offs for the site since 2009), who started his own whimsy-column back in May, “Bream Gives Me Hiccups: Restaurant Reviews From a privileged Nine-Year-Old.” Sounds adorable, right?
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Jonah Peretti’s Hollywood Kabbalah Center of Internet Memes—better known to the general public as Buzzfeed—has been the target of a few sardonic, condescending takes on their business, by critics, casual observers, and media pundits alike, some of them well-reasoned, others being generally piss-poor (see above).
Ethan Nosowsky has left his role as editor-at-large for Graywolf Press to take a job as editorial director at McSweeney’s, announcing the move today on Twitter. Mr. Nosowsky used to work as an editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and is also the “consultant for innovative literature” at the Creative Capital Foundation. He has a more traditional book publishing background than some at McSweeney’s, a sign that that its San Francisco-based books division will likely become more aggressive about acquiring work.
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).
Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon are working on a musical about McSweeney’s non-profit 826 Valencia’s Superhero Supply Store in Park Slope. It’s true, Ms. Waldman told us! It will be called The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company. Michael Mayer, of American Idiot and Spring Awakening will direct; Peter Lerman, a young up-and-coming musical talent, will compose; Read More
After 20 years and 30 issues, Open City is ceasing publication, co-editor Joanna Yas told The Observer.
“These things are not institutions,” said founder and co-editor Thomas Beller. “They’re always razor’s edge things.”
Ms. Yas and Mr. Beller decided to shut down the journal after multiple sources of funding pulled out. They hadn’t expected issue 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
Today, a bicoastal examination of the future of media.
Dave Eggers spoke recently at Berkeley’s J-School about print journalism. He and fellow McSweeney’s leaders took the opportunity to explain the economics of the quarterly’s recent newspaper experiment, the Panorama. Reports SF Weekly:
Many people assumed Dave Eggers’ business model for the next-generation Read More