Literary Lagniappe

Our circle starts with a new book, at about 90 degrees around. It’s brilliant! It’s original! Very few will “get” it! It doesn’t fit in a genre! It’s a hard sell! It’s almost unnoticed! Wait— did the exclamatory hyperbole change?

First books usually have the author’s internal organs indelibly attached, and whether the books are avant-garde or simply lost among the growing number published each month, most author’s still wouldn’t change a word.

The circle moves to authors who’ve had better fortune. Or talent. Or both. And those special ones who’ve done even more. For example, Dave Eggers. Dave Eggers does not need another article written about him. (Wouldn’t the rest of us like to say that.) Yet Eggers continues to be one of the most deserving. Egger’s is now known for his work with 826 National Nonprofit and McSweeney’s Publishing House. His actual award-winning first novel, A Heartbreaking Work…

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