Secrets as Tools of Connection: Thoughts on Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Egger’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a frenetic, darkly humorous, and tragic memoir, is a story about rebuilding. After both of his parents die when he is twenty-one, Dave is charged with caring for Toph, his precocious 7-year-old brother. He and Toph move to Berkeley where Dave starts a magazine and auditions for … Continue reading Secrets as Tools of Connection: Thoughts on Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

We Don’t Have to Paint Every Darn Brick: Thoughts on Millhauser’s “Eisenheim the Illusionist”

When I read the short story “Eisenheim the Illusionist” by Steven Millhauser, I was instantly enchanted by the attention to detail, the twists and turns, and, of course, the magic. (It is, by the way, completely different from the movie The Illusionist, but that’s another post.) The way Millhauser writes about late 19th century Vienna, … Continue reading We Don’t Have to Paint Every Darn Brick: Thoughts on Millhauser’s “Eisenheim the Illusionist”