Book Reviews Zeitoun by Dave Eggers: Forecasters were predicting that a Category 5 hurricane would strike the city and Mayor Nagin was urging people inland.
Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life. My plan is to focus on notes exclusively for two weeks, then address the leftovers at odd moments until the book is due in December.
When you spend weeks at a time on your notes, you end up with strong opinions about how they should be presented. Part of the art of notation is knowing what information you can leave out, and no two writers will come to exactly the same conclusions. I prefer the keyword system, in which notes are linked to their referent in the body of the book by the page number and a snippet of text.
This can lead to a telegraphic, even poetic summary of the contents when you run your eye down the left margin of the page, as in the section of my book about L.
Ron Hubbard in the early sixties: The notion that endnotes can take on a life of their own is one that novelists from Nabokov to David Foster Wallace have brilliantly exploited. Most of us probably wish that the notes were a little more accessible, as did Dave Eggers, who observes of his first experience reading it: Max recounts in his fascinating profile of Wallace: In Bloomington, Wallace struggled with the size of his book.
He hit upon the idea of endnotes to shorten it. Notes allow a writer to play games not just with space, but with time. This is true even of the most boring kind of scholarly note, which amounts to a form of postponement, allowing readers to engage with it at their leisure, or even never.
In a more recent piece in The New Yorker, Nathan Heller offers a defense of notes in their proper place at the end of the book: Indexes open a text up.
We were taking something intricate and powerful and giving it a final polish. I still believe in that refinement.Dave Eggers. Fri 15 Apr EDT First published on Fri 15 Apr EDT.
The accident was your fault, and you walk over to tell them this. Walking to their car, which you have. Oct 18, · Dave Eggers isn’t wrong when he advises us not to criticize a novel until we’ve written one, or a movie until we’ve made one.
There’s no question that we’d avoid a lot of the nonsense written about movies and books—like the idea, for instance, that a director is the sole author of a film, despite all evidence to the contrary—if.
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You are alone in yours, and there are three teenagers in theirs, an older Camaro in new condition. The accident was your fault, and you walk over to tell them this. When I first read Dave Eggers' novel The Circle in , it felt like a glimpse into a scary (but not so distant) future.
The book was written before the launch of Facebook Live, and before Uber. Dave Eggers short story, “Accident,” describes the scene of an accident between the narrator and a car full of three teenagers.
Eggers chose to tell his.