Dave Eggers: Genius, and pirate?

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:


  1. phhhst-
    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?

  2. 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.

  3. Nalja-
    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.

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