Posts Tagged ‘Dave Eggers’

The Believer Film Issue

Published March 18, 2010 by Molly

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It’s that magical time of year again! The Believer’s annual film issue has hit newsstands, and this time it includes an interview with Harmony Korine (”Goldfish swallowers, pygmies—to me, that’s the greatest thing in life”), an essay on seven unproduced screenplays by famous intellectuals, an interview with Charlyne Yi, a dispatch about Iranian cinema (”Watching Shrek in Tehran”—you can read that one online here) and, best of all, a DVD featuring six short films by Karpo Godina, a Yugoslavian filmmaker whose early short films are collected on DVD for the first time here.

Plus more! So much more. Scope out the table of contents here, get stoked, and buy yourself a copy or two.

McSweeney’s San Francisco Panorama

Published December 7, 2009 by Molly

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San Francisco is a town of many pleasant associations. To start, there’s sourdough bread, Pier 7, 826 Valencia, the Embarcadero, fog, Keith Hufnagel, Barry McGee, burritos, bridges, hills, bookstores, FTC, Amoeba, and so forth. The list goes on.

That’s why it’s particularly exciting that Issue 33 of McSweeney’s Quarterly comes to us in the form of a faux Sunday-edition sized San Francisco newspaper, the fictionally titled San Francisco Panorama (above, a sample page). The issue features news dispatches, sports and arts coverage, comics from Chris Ware, Dan Clowes and Art Spiegelman, three pull-out posters, a books section, a weekend guide and more. The best part? It will be sold on the streets of San Francisco. For those unlucky enough to live elsewhere, copies can be scored online.

The Believer Art Issue

Published November 16, 2009 by Molly

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Getting the new Believer each month supplies the exact excitement of ripping open a freshly-developed pack of film. It is always surprising and there are always good things (and new things) waiting inside.

The November/December issue (the magazine’s sixty-seventh) is the annual Art Issue, featuring interviews with Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Peter Blegvad and Andrea Zittel plus a conversation betwixt Jerry Moriarty and Chris Ware. Comics and an essay on “The Disappearance of Ford Beckman” round out the table of contents. Bonus: a giant fold-out poster by Moriarty comes free with every issue.

Though the magazine normally feels like a throwback luxury—that thick paper! those brilliant colors! that cartoony typeface!—is, in this case, more like a collectible than just another issue. Sure, parts are available online to whet your appetite, but this issue is best experienced in person.

The Teacher Salary Project

Published October 28, 2009 by Graham

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It’s dangerous to underestimate the societal value of quality public education. And yet we routinely overlook the economic problems with our school system, perhaps because they aren’t seen as urgent or media-friendly enough for the 24-hour news cycle. Luckily, The Teacher Salary Project is helping shed light on the people and stories behind under-funded public schools.

Inspired by Teachers Have it Easy, a 2005 non-fiction bestseller written by Dave Eggers, 826 National co-founder Nínive Calegari, and Daniel Moulthrop, The Teacher Salary Project is a feature-length documentary currently in production, helmed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth. They already have a wealth of material to work with thanks to Eggers and his cohorts, but the project is now seeking visual submissions from teachers across the country. If you or someone you know teaches and has something to say about it, send in a video diary, song, dance, collage or chalk drawing to The Teacher Salary Project and get your voices heard!

Wild (Thing) Style

Published October 22, 2009 by Dallas

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Our best buds at McSweeneys are running a great contest/giveaway that involves dressing up a a fur-covered book in funny costumes. What more do you need to know? Go join the rumpus!

Dave Eggers: The Wild Things

Published September 21, 2009 by Molly

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The Wild Things is a book by Dave Eggers adapted from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and based on the screenplay by Eggers and Spike. Got that? Cool.

In typical McSweeney’s fashion, The Wild Things is as much a tactile and visual experience as a literary one. A title silhouette of wolf-suited Max against a burgundy jungle background gives the volume a treasure-box feel, like something you might store beneath your pillow between chapters.

The novel is a cross between a children’s book and a book for adults, and the idea of a novelization originally belonged to Sendak, who suggested it to Eggers. Fittingly, the book is a pleasure to read: tender, colorful, and as richly imagined a work as you’d expect from Eggers. Or Sendak. Or––in this case, in some ways––both!

Filter Magazine – Where The Wild Things Are Issue

Published September 2, 2009 by Dallas

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Hits news stands on the 11th. Our friends at Filter just passed along some pretty stellar advanced copies. Includes interviews with with Spike, Karen O, Max Records, Catherine Keener, Dave Eggers, Catherine O’Hara, Lance Bangs and some pretty great never-before-seen photos and art from the set and crew plus the above cover illustrated Geoff McFetridge. Nuts!

“Max at Sea” Dave Eggers x New Yorker

Published August 18, 2009 by Dallas

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A delightful smidgen of Where The Wild Things Are fiction from our illustrious screenwriter can currently be found at The New Yorker. The story is taken from Eggers forthcoming novel Wild Things which is loosely based on the screenplay itself. Eggers explains more about the process and the final product in this New Yorker interview. Read up!

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McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Reviews of New Food

Published July 3, 2009 by Molly

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The McSweeney’s website is, depending on your inclinations, a limitless trove of fun things to read or an intimidating morass of text. The insistently lo-fi layout makes navigation a challenge requiring focus and determination, but at least the rewards are plentiful.

One section to plunder is McSweeney’s Reviews of New Food. The section consists of dozens of reader-submitted pintsize reviews, all compiled on a single page in center-spaced paragraphs that go down more smoothly than a strawberry milkshake.

Among the foods reviewed are cilantro, Jolly Time Kettle Corn, Beanit Butter, Swiss Chard, Elway’s Comeback Crunch, Low-Carb Doritos, Viactive (caramel flavor), Gorp and Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses (”The shape of a gnome’s hat, wrapped in crinkled foil…depending on ambient lighting, the orange may seem to be the exaggerated peachy flesh tone of a crayon or the cartoonish pallor of a woozy Oompa-Loompa.”)

Read ‘em all and then submit your own.

The Wild Things

Published June 18, 2009 by Graham

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Dave Eggers’ 300 page young adult novel, The Wild Things, will be released on October 1st. You can pre-order a copy today from the McSweeney’s store, in either the standard edition, or the fur-covered edition. Yes, you heard that right: you can own a copy of this book covered in the real fur of an actual wild thing. McSweeney’s never stops raising the bar in the field of rad book design. The art of bookmaking lives on! Here’s what Eggers had to say about what The Wild Things is and how it came to be, in a December 2007 interview with The Montreal Gazette:

When we were in the middle of [writing the script], Maurice called me and somebody had brought up the idea of there being a novel, too, and he asked me if I would do it.

… We all really get along – Spike and Maurice and I always had the same goals for the movie, and the novelization, too, which was to sort of reinstitute the dangerous elements of that book. Because when it came out (in 1963), it was pretty controversial and some librarians didn’t like it, and child psychologists thought it was, you know, unhelpful. (laughs) And it was really morally ambiguous in a way. It showed a kid sort of disobeying his mother and acting crazy – which all kids do, but you still don’t see much of in children’s literature. It’s too often, I think, washed clean.

Spike and Maurice and I just decided we needed to make the book wild and dangerous again and really unexpected. So the movie is really unlike anything anyone will expect, I think. And the book is different from both of them, actually. It has Max and Max going to an island, but in the book I’m able to (develop) the storyline also – as a book can always do. You have a lot more room to play with. The (picture) book is 150 words, the movie is 90 minutes, the novel gets to be a whole different level.