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February 10, 2007
A brief defense of Dave Eggers.
Dave Eggers is a man who hit it I wouldn't say that
big with his book "A Heart-breaking this is a *great*
Work of Staggering Genius" and book, but it's at
after selling-out, he sold-in: the very least an
He switched from publishing with the
big guys to running his own small I have a suspicion
publishing company, McSweeny's, which that the New York
among other things produces some Times gang thought
mildly expensive (e.g. $20), cleverly that the long,
packaged products (e.g. books in self-indulgent,
facsimiles of old cigar boxes) and he self-referential
manages to get these things out into introduction was
the bookstores. "postmodern" or
He wanted to start a writer's workshop it's clearly just
hangout for kids on Valencia Street, an example of
ran afoul of zoning regs that insisted zine writing.
on "retail", and shifted the concept
to running a "Pirate Store" that happens This is no doubt
to do writer's workshops in the back room. one of the things
that the punks
WAY_OF_THE_PIRATE find galling,
but so what?
And also he got interested
in doing stuff to help kids It's not a bad
in third world countries... example of "zine
So, let's say you don't
like Dave Eggers books.
Let's say you think McSweeny's
products are overpriced for
what they are.
Let's say you doubt the sincerity
of his efforts to help kids and That's admittedly
figure it's some sort of far-fetched, but the
image-conscious posturing. neo-punks can't get NEOPUNKS
over the idea that
Even granting all of there's a world full of
this: there are much conviving bastards out
bigger evils in the there desperate to
world than the seduce them away from
dastardly Eggers. their punk purity.
Punks can really
be puritanical jerks.
Almost as annoying
as python programmers.
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