I was really blown away by this TED talk from writer and publisher Dave Eggers, the creative genius behind McSweeney’s (Angie’s literary love!). He’s adorably nervous, quite witty, and doing some amazing work. He founded 826 Valencia, a pirate supply store and free tutoring center for students. No, that’s not a joke.

Check it out:

9 responses to “Dave Eggers: Genius, and pirate?”

  1. Jill Avatar

    Aw, I love adorably nervous men! And, yeah, he’s adorable! :)

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  2. Angie Avatar

    Arr matey, if only I could be just as influential.

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  3. phhhst Avatar

    I couldn’t get the ideo to play. But did you read A hearbreaking work of staggering genius?

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  4. Kristan Avatar

    Yeah, Angie just alerted me to the fact that the video’s not working, so I added the link. :(

    No I didn’t read that, but I want to. Did you? How was it?

  5. Liz Avatar

    Thanks for this link, I’ll have to check this out!

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  6. najla Avatar

    Er – not to be Debbie Downer or anything, but am I the only one who thinks that Dave Eggers really needs a generous helping of STFU? Because I hardly thought that A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius was either heartbreaking or genius. In fact, it annoyed the shit outta me and I thought he sounded extremely pompous and pretentious. But perhaps he has other works which are more wonderful.

  7. Kristan Avatar

    I haven’t actually read that book, though I took the title to be tongue in cheek… Is that not the case? Regardless, I was impressed by the 826 Valencia work. Lame to admit, but I’ve not read anything by him yet.

  8. D'Arcy Avatar

    I’ve been in love with him for YEARS. I found him first. He’s mine :)

    D’Arcy’s recent blog post: %@!*&%#!!!!!!

  9. Kristan Avatar

    LOL. Well I’m not in love with him, so you can have him. I just want to watch/read occasionally.