Friday, January 4, 2008

Dave Eggers On Selling Out

Wow. Remind me never to piss Dave Eggers off. Here's a great article from the Harvard Advocate in 2000 where Eggers responds to a number of questions, including the issue of selling out.

6 comments:

Heidi the Hick said...

Wow! That addendum is one of the most inspiring things I've read this year! And I'm sure I'll still feel that way 12 months from now!

Jaye Wells said...

I suddenly have a need to buy everything by the Flaming Lips.

Michael Reynolds said...

I have to assume he was drunk when he wrote that.

uk employment law solicitors said...

Isn't he written any other new post?i am a great fan of him .

Dwight's Writing Manifesto said...

The attempt to stick that "Sell Out" tag on Eggers is forever old.

And it's total bullsh*t.

Name another author who made it big, was a critical smash, made a boat load of money... AND THEN turned around and gave so much back to newbies and wannabes and kid writers.

Dave Eggers invested a lot of time, reputation, and hard cash into low/no paying ventures dedicated to growing the next generation of writers.

Sell out? Please.

Jealous much?

Michael Reynolds said...

For the record (is there a record?) I would never accuse Eggars or anyone else of being "sell-out." It's a naive, vaguely 60's era concept that has no meaning. It's a pose.

Writing is a business for the publishers, and for agents as well. No one seems to have any problem with publishers making money. But God forbid a writer should get ahead.