Dave Eggers, Unplugged

I just read a great article on The Wall Street Journal by Howie Kahn about Dave Eggers and the work that he is doing to improve education in our country. The interview goes in-depth about Eggers’ after school tutoring center, 826 Valencia which is located in the Mission District in San Francisco, CA. 826 Valencia is one of seven active 826 National chapters and it is also the first one created.

Kahn goes on to talk about much of Eggers’ other works including A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, The Circle, You Shall Know Our Velocity, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets Do They Live Forever?, A Hologram For the King, The Monster Mish Mash, What is the What, and Zeitoun. With each book, Khan talks about the background of the books and what role they had in developing Eggers’ career. This article is a great way to familiarize your self with more of his work as well as learning about the impact that he has on today’s youth.

My favorite line from the article: “Solitude also means no Internet. Eggers doesn’t have it in his garage or in his home. Weschler told me Eggers drives down the hill from his house daily, parks outside a lumberyard and piggybacks off the company’s Wi-Fi.” For a guy with such fame and who is a large influence on many of today’s popular topics, I find it astonishing that he does not have Internet at home.

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2 Responses to Dave Eggers, Unplugged

  1. devilzadv0k8 says:

    Thanks for posting this! One thing that really jumped out at me was Kahn’s idea that: “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, proved an antecedent to the rise of “reality”-based, hyperconfessional entertainment, from the Real Housewives franchise to every first-person blog ever created.” I never would have thought to put these two things together. Granted, I’ve only read 1/4 of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. But I wonder if Egger’s style really did have something to do with this trend. Any thoughts?


  2. epiratequeen says:

    The detail about he internet is so cool. His own use of the internet is very revealing when you think about his intentions with The Circle.


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