Dave Eggers is pretty cool. Who knew?

I read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius a couple of years back. I thought it was, like its title, rather pretentious and overdone. It was not unenjoyable, but it didn’t make me want to run and pick up every other piece of writing that Eggers has published. (Much as with my reaction to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, though I remember thinking Tender Is the Night was quite good, and enjoyed The Great Gatsby as well — though the last is a bit jarring at points, that was an intentional part of the form, made to fit the content.)

Apparently, though, Eggers does some pretty cool stuff. This TED talk is about a space that he set up where writers at his publication, McSweeney’s, would spend time every day helping students one-on-one with their writing work for school (and sometimes projects the students take up personally when they’ve finished their schoolwork). And they work in a pirate shoppe. I had to add the extra letters. There’s a rule about it somewhere. Also, Eggers is pretty hilarious on stage.

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