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
“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index … Continue reading Writing the Truth
Today, I came across this hilarious list of security questions. They’re not the usual “What’s your mother’s maiden name?” questions. Oh no. I’ve sorted these questions into three categories: 1) Questions that require an anecdote (or for some, a sprawling memoir) for a reply. Think about it. Someone asks you where you were when you … Continue reading Could you please repeat the question?