Eggers update

A friend reads everything by Dave Eggers that ends up in print. She asked me what he’s been working on lately, and I figured I’d share what I found with the rest of you Eggers obsessives.

This weekend a second short-short story, “On What It Means When A Crowd In A Faraway Nation Takes A Soldier Representing Your Nation, Shoots Him, Drags Him From His Jeep And Then Mutilates Him In The Dust,” appeared in the Guardian.

Eggers also contributed to “The Kindness of Strangers,” an anthology of travel essays put out by Lonely Planet. His piece, “We Can’t Fix Anything, Even the Smallest Things, in Cuba,” includes this disclaimer:

I’m writing this far after the actual deadline and months after I turned in my first contribution, which involved a taxi driver in Copenhagen – and which really wasn’t all that great a story. Long after writing that and turning it in, this other tale hit me, and I’m getting it down in one night, right under the deadline, so you have to forgive any overt evidence of its rushed execution. Had I more time – and if it really mattered to the story – I’d chase down the name of the statue. But for now let’s say it was of Carol Channing.

He’s also making a foray into the world of children’s books, or according to The New York Sun, books “positioned as being for children, though cloaked in the trademark Eggers humor-style that’s far more likely to be understood by adults.” Simon & Schuster will sell two books ostensibly by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-on-Whey and list both in their adult and children’s catalogs.

The first, Giraffes? Giraffes!, was already published by a division of McSweeney’s. The second is entitled Your Disgusting Head: The Darkest, Most Moist and Sickening Secrets of Your Ears, Mouth and Nose. The Sun reporter was told the latter book “really needs no further explanation.”

According to the Sun:

The authors, Mr. Eggers and his younger brother Toph, are billed as “unpaid research assistants” on both volumes, but they will promote the books upon publication this fall. Proceeds from both of the books will go to support the nonprofit 826 Valencia in San Francisco and the soon-to-open 826NYC, which offer students tutoring in writing and other writing-related programming.

(There’s no free link to the Sun piece.)


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