This is the What

14 Mar

Author Dave Eggers has been one of my heroes for a while now. Aside from being a prolific and incredible writer, whose books include A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and my personal favorite, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, he created the online humor magazine, McSweeney’s, founded the 826 creative learning centers, one of which is in my home, Park Slope Brooklyn as the Super Hero Suppy Store, contributed to several charitable organizations, gave this speech about then candidate Barack Obama, all the while being a really funny dude. He is also really wise and as a person we does creative stuff, the below quotes are something I can really identify with, and they are very Vonnegutesque. Check them out:

  • “Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them.”
  •  “It is a fuckload of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes.”
  • “What matters is that you do good work. What matters is that you produce things thatare true and will stand. What matters is not the perception, nor the fashion, not who’s up and who’s down, but what someone has done and if they meant it. What matters is that you want to see and make and do, on as grand a scale as you want, regardless of what the tiny voices of tiny people say.”

  • ” I am here to tell you that I have, a few years ago, found my way out of that thicket of comparison and relentless suspicion and judgment. And it is a nice feeling. Because, in the end, no one will ever give a shit who has kept shit ‘real’ except the two or three people, sitting in their apartments, bitter and self-devouring, who take it upon themselves to wonder about such things. The keeping real of shit matters to some people, but it does not matter to me.”            


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