We all have our idols. As a wanna-be writer, mine is Dave Eggers.
You know, the Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius guy? But that’s not his best work, in my opinion. Nope. His last couple of bestsellers have been more journalistic, and it’s brilliant stuff.
Eggers takes a setting that’s a bit touchy yet no doubt ripe with fascinating stories (New Orleans in the wake of Katrina) and tells one from the perspective of a unique character (a Syrian immigrant, his American wife and their family). It’s a social commentary, a micro-biography and a damn good page-turner all in one. (See also: What is the What, a “fictionalized” account of a Sudanese refugee’s escape and emigration. Also a fantastic book.)
I wish I could write like that.
Well, maybe I can – who knows. I guess I haven’t really tried. But if I do become a successful writer one day, Dave Eggers will be high on my self-made “influenced-by” list. (Along with Sting, of course.)
And when I’m a best-selling author, I’ll give you all free copies of my book. But for now, I’ll have to settle for giving away my gently used copy of Eggers’ Zeitoun. Just leave a comment on this post – any comment will do, but may I suggest recommending something fantastic you’ve read lately? Or tell us about what you’re reading right now?
Winner will be picked randomly on Friday at, let’s say, 4:52 PM. And, go!
Today’s EAT: Since this post is sort of random, I wish I had a great recipe or something to share. Sadly, tonight’s dinner was kinda boring.
Sesame tofu, greens and wontons, all doused in ponzu. It’s not even a Big Ass Salad proper, really. Oh well. It was delicious. Ever since last month’s tofu revelation, I’ve been kind of loving the stuff. I think because it makes me feel like I’m eating fried food. Tricky tofu!
Today’s DRINK: No wine, no beer, no nothing tonight. Just a tall glass of water with lemon. How wholesome! But only because I’m resting up for the weekend.
Today’s RUN: A dark and treacherous 4.2 miles (37:44, 8:59 pace). Hey Raleigh, ever heard of street lights? Seriously. Don’t make me wear one of those dorky headlamps.
Today’s QUESTION: What’s on your bookshelf, nightstand, or toilet tank? Get your comment in by Friday afternoon for a chance to win!