Monday, May 15, 2006

Eggers - Velocity

Wow, I just finished You Shall Know Our Velocity by David Eggers. Great book. Great to see that he can write fiction as well as non-fiction. His last book, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genious, was a memoir, and he describes with excruciating detail how (mostly) accurate that account is. In Y.S.K.O.V. there is just as much real emotion described vividly and creatively. It really resembled another memoir with Eggers assuming a completely different identity. Enough about that, my purpose is not to write a book report or a review.

After completing the book, I found myself thirsting for knowledge about David Eggers. I actually doubted the veracity of H.W.O.S.G. since I had learned what an exceptional liar (fiction writer) he was. It sounds like it was as true as he claims. You should check out this particular interview that was very interesting.


The link is to a transcript of emailed interview questions written by Saadi Soudavar of the Harvard Advocate. Eggers responds by incisively criticising the critic, though he admits to being like that only worse when he was younger.
If you're short on time, scroll down to Eggers's rant on "Selling Out." It is no doubt something we all spend time thinking about. Which artists are "selling out" and which are "keeping it real?" Eggers provides some great insight here and eloquently describes and solidifies vague notions that I had floating around in my head. He's right. I can't wait to check out an issue of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and see what that's all about.


shirley said...

Cool, I keep meaning to read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, but was put off memoirs for a while because of the whole James Frey thing. (even though I kept telling myself not to buy into that)

Fitech said...

Oh jeez... the James Frey thing. It was blown out of proportion as far as I'm concerned. It would be very appropriate to read A.H.W.S.G. after taking in the whole Frey controversy. Eggers describes in hilarious detail, exactly which names and events are truthful and which parts have been fictionalized. James Frey could learn a lot from David Eggers. Though I did enjoy A Million Little Pieces.